COMPTON ( — More than 5,000 turkeys were donated to local families in need Monday during a Thanksgiving giveaway in Compton.

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The ninth annual Healthy Family Update and Turkey Giveaway started at 10 a.m. at MLB Urban Youth Academy, 901 E. Artesia Blvd.

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“Our first turkey drive was 350 turkeys, now, today, it’s over 5,000 turkeys,” Assemblyman Isadore Hall, III said. “The reality is, the people were out here at 4:30 this morning lined up to get a turkey, so the impact is huge; the significance is very great and it shows that our community is still hurting.”

The event, which ran until 2 p.m., was aimed at reducing obesity, diabetes and HIV/AIDs in under-served communities while promoting healthier lifestyles for children and families.

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Free diabetes, HIV, blood pressure and BMI health screenings were also available to residents.