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Waterloo men handing out more than turkeys this Thanksgiving

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In the spirit of giving this Thanksgiving, three Waterloo men have spent the past few days handing out turkeys to homeless shelters around town. Not only are they spreading the message of giving, but they're hoping to encourage positivity in the community. 

"A lot of times I've told him, man this community just isn't the same," said Charles Tims. "It ain't the same anymore, and Marcus looked at me one day and said well what are we doing to change it?"

Tired of the negativity in the community, these three friends decided to be a step towards change. 

Marcus Norris, Charles Tims, and Cottrell Smith bought a few turkeys and donated them to families who need them the most this Thanksgiving.

One of those places is House of Hope.  

"They don't have grandma that's making this huge dinner for them, and showing up to this already prepared thing, so it's on them," said House of Hope Executive Director Karen Rowe. "For these single moms, it's on them. For them to have somebody come in and say here, take it and go, that's a huge deal."

The original Facebook post of them buying turkeys drew in more than a thousand likes. 

"If we want our community to be uplifted in the right manner, it's best as us as the youth, because we are still young," said Marcus Norris. "We're still in our youthful age, it's up to us to make that impact on what we want our community to look like.

Norris has seen the effects of negativity in the community first-hand.

"When I was 7 years old I was shot in the head so basically I was traumatized from a young age." said Norris.

The drive-by shooting leaving Norris disabled on the left side of his body. 

"I lost my mom, lost my dad, so that's what basically made me wanna change, to get others, use my testimony to inspire others that you can chase your dream and whatever you want to do with your life."

Sending a message of being the change you want to see in the community. 

"Take time to go give turkey, whatever you feel in your heart is a good way to give, then do that," said Tims. "Because we need more of it, and we need more people to push positivity."

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