U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Evan Wood, left, and Staff Sgt. November 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin) (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX (AP) – Volunteers distributed hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys for free on Monday as the holidays draw near and charities work to help people to get what they need to celebrate. The event at American Legion Post 65 in South Phoenix helped approximately 1,000 families. The 18th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway was organized by the Sons of the American Legion and the non-profit HeroZona Foundation. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Ducey came over to help and said in a statement that he was grateful to the volunteers and community groups that have come together to help families in need. “It took teamwork to overcome all of the challenges posed by COVID-19, and events like the Thanksgiving Turkey Sweepstakes show us all that Arizona will have the same sense of camaraderie for decades to come,” Ducey said. The governor’s office said about 50 volunteers joined AP Powell, founding chairman of HeroZona, to distribute the free food. Powell said the group wants to ensure “underserved families in South Phoenix have an opportunity to enjoy Thanksgiving with loved ones regardless of their circumstances.” Charities and nonprofits routinely step up their efforts around the holiday season to provide low-income Arizonans with food and Christmas gifts. Follow @ ktar923 We’d like to hear from you. Do you have a story idea or a tip? Forward it to the KTAR news team here.