ATLANTA – The lines leading to Tyler Perry’s studios stretched for miles in many directions on Sunday morning as people waited patiently to get hold of perishable products and gift cards.
The event was called #TPSGiving and promised to feed 5,000 families on Sundays between 8am and 1
“Although we want to be able to feed everyone in need, we will close the line at the 5,000th family,” the event said in a statement, prompting the early arrival of hundreds of cars.
FOX 5 spoke with the first person in line, Janet Walton, who arrived at 3 p.m. On Saturday, 3 p.m. She said the need was greater than ever and admitted she had never waited one night for food.
“I was blessed where work allowed me to work from home, but I still had other family members who lost their jobs and had to move in,” Walton explained. “That’s why I’m here, because when you have to take on the burden of others, you find yourself in need.”
The food drive, unlike years ago, was created as an event to help limit the spread of the virus.
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People are asked to wear their masks when communicating with volunteers, and TPS limits each car to two families.
This is one of many generous efforts of the media mogul this year.
Tyler Perry tipped $ 21,000 to servers at one of his favorite restaurants battling the pandemic, and took the sections for high-risk and senior shoppers at 44 Krogers on the Atlanta subway.
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