JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News decided to give back to the community and impart some real cheer into people's lives for the holidays.
We thought about what you would really want from us to spread Holiday cheer throughout the First Coast? Could we only report good news, only report your lottery ticket picks or only forecast warm, sunny weather? Instead we've decided to randomly hand out fully cooked hams and turkeys!
First Coast News partnered with The Harvey Bernhardt Foundation and Publix Wednesday morning to kick-off the On Your Side Holiday Random Acts giveaway. The foundation is named after Dr. Harvey Bernhardt, a local pathologist who passed away suddenly in 2007. He always wanted to create a foundation and his family did to help working people.
Westley and his sister Monica took part in the random act of kindness.
"You can tell it means a lot," said Westley Bernhardt.
The gratitude on the faces of those receiving the unexpected act of kindness was priceless.
"It is special especially this time of year," said Bernhardt.
FCN went to several neighborhoods and areas of the city and selected people completely at random to give food away. About fifty hams and turkeys were handed out to individuals here on the first coast.
The American Farm Bureau Association said the average cost of a Christmas Dinner is about $50.
"That's awesome. Thank you so much! This is an incredible blessing," Heather Ferrari, of Jacksonville said after FCN surprised her at home with her family. FCN gave her a holiday ham. "I'm a cancer patient also, which makes it even ... I go in so often for treatment, so every little help is really helpful."
FCN handed a holiday ham to Dora Delvalle, of Jacksonville as she was doing yard work.
"Thank you! I appreciate it and God bless!" she said with a big smile on her face.
FCN stopped Levi Boree while he was riding his bike down the street, in a neighborhood on the city's west side. FCN gave him a holiday turkey. "I'll pass this on to somebody who really needs it," he said.
After receiving a holiday turkey near 103rd street, Michael, of Jacksonville said, "It'll go to good use for sure."
FCN asked James Wells, of Jacksonville, how it felt to be the recipient of a random act of kindness "Pretty good!" he exclaimed. "Starting my day off great!"
Upon receiving a turkey, a surprised Danny Pritchard said, "I don't know what to say! I'm really surprised, we really appreciate it!"
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