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National radio and TV host returns home, gives away hundreds of free turkeys

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) -

The line could be seen for days.

Many within the Moncks Corner community, secured their spot early, just outside the old gym at Berkeley High School.

Some, as early as six o'clock in the morning.

Others came after nine o'clock.

Doors didn't open until noon.

Most were there to grab a free turkey for Thanksgiving, while many others came to salute one of their own, Lenard McKelvey, a Moncks Corner native, who is now a national radio and television personality.

Better known as "Charlamagne Tha God," McKelvey is a co-host on Power 105's The Breakfast Club.

He also stars in MTV shows Guy Code, Guy Court and Girl Code and is a video jockey for The Week in Jams
Saturday, McKelvey hosted Moncks Corner's first-ever Charlamagne Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, donating hundreds of free turkeys to the people of his community.

He was joined by cousin, Kinta Palmer, along with dozens of local sponsors, in organizing the community event.

"When you're thankful for the little things, you'll be blessed with a whole lot more," he said.

"I've been blessed tremendously, so it's a blessing to be able to give back."

The event also offered free health screenings, a children's coat drive, and information on signing for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.

"Moncks Corner has never had anything like this," said Herman Fludd, who came an hour early to hold his spot in line.

"It means a whole lot to a whole lot of people because they're not able to get out, a lot of them are living off a fixed income," Fludd added.

"It just shows you there are a lot of people that are in need," McKelvey said.

While pleased with the success of his first Thanksgiving giveaway, Charlamagne mentioned a desire to start a mentoring program for the young men of Moncks Corner.

"I'm just thinking about what can I do next, how can I continue to give to the community that raised me."

"I feel like there's enough people from the community who've done good things that we can inspire the next generation."

Moncks Corner can also look forward to the second annual turkey giveaway, as McKelvey has already started brainstorming what can be done differently.

"Next year, it will be double the turkeys, I know that much."

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