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Tyler Perry feeds 5,000 families, creates traffic jam with Thanksgiving giveaway

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 22/11/2020 23:32:17 Staff and wire reports
Tyler Perry standing on a stage: The People's Choice Awards, a mixture of live and virtual appearances, were broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Nov. 15. From the stage: Tyler Perry accepts the People's Champion Award. © Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment, NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesThe People's Choice Awards, a mixture of live and virtual appearances, were broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Nov. 15. From the stage: Tyler Perry accepts the People's Champion Award.

ATLANTA - Thousands of people jammed roads for miles on Sunday in an effort to get boxes of Thanksgiving food and gift cards donated by filmmaker Tyler Perry.

Tyler Perry Studios said it had enough boxes of canned vegetables and $25 gift cards for 5,000 families to drive through and pick up. The event was billed as #TPSGiving.

The studio said it ran out of food within two hours.

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"First come, first serve of 5,000 families while supplies last," a poster for the event read. "We wish that we could feed everyone in need."

The line started forming Saturday and at one point stretched for 5 miles south of downtown Atlanta, media outlets reported.

Volunteers in protective equipment were handing out the food and gift cards.

It's the latest show of generosity by Perry, who in April paid for groceries for high-risk and senior shoppers at 29 Winn-Dixie stores across Louisiana and 44 Kroger stores in Atlanta. 

In 2018, he paid off nearly $500,000 in layaway balances at Atlanta-area Walmarts.

"If you have a layaway at either place and it was in there as of 9:30 this morning, then I have paid for all of your layaways for Christmas. So Merry Christmas," the creator of the "Madea" film franchise said in an Instagram video.

"I know it's hard times and a lot of people are struggling. I'm just really really grateful to be able to be in a situation to do this. So God bless you. Go get your stuff."

Contributing: Bryan Alexander and Kim Willis, USA TODAY, and Andrew J. Yawn, Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tyler Perry feeds 5,000 families, creates traffic jam with Thanksgiving giveaway

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