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Drivers receive unexpected turkey baskets

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, a local organization is doing a random act of kindness.

Posted: Nov 17, 2017 6:30 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2017 6:46 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - With Thanksgiving less than a week away, a local organization is doing a random act of kindness.
Ryan Bennett has a passion for giving back, even at the age of nine.
“Helping the community will help people become, make more friends and stuff,” Bennett said.
Bennett is spending his day giving out these frozen turkeys, eggs, butter, and pies to those who didn't see it coming and he’s doing it from a police car.
“How you feeling right now,” we asked Bennett.
“Great!” Bennett replied.
“Why is that? We asked.
“Because we're helping people!” Bennet said.
Deputy Brian Koob with the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office picked at random someone to pull over. In one instance a family had a loud muffler, but instead of getting a ticket they got a Thanksgiving basket to take home.
Then we met Debra Robertson.
“Very surprised, very happy, much loved, this is unreal,” Robertson said.
Robertson was just leaving her sons house when she got pulled over and instead of going through a nerve-wracking situation, it turned into a wonderful surprise.
“Ah heck yeah, I’m going to go to my sons for thanksgiving and I’m probably going to take it all with me,” Robertson said.
Whether they were giving or receiving, both Bennett and Robertson have a message for the community.
“To say thank you, to count your blessings all day long because each of you have many of them,” Robertson said.
“Because it’s almost Thanksgiving and because hey why not?” Bennett said.
Mason City and Manly Police also handed out turkey baskets.
This is the fifth year North Iowa Youth Center has handed out turkey baskets.
All the food was sponsored by area businesses and others.

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