Don King returns home for holiday ‘Turkey Tour’

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CLEVELAND -   'Tis the season for giving.

On Tuesday, one of Cleveland’s own, and a true American legend in his own right, returned to this city to give back.

Known for his signature hair style and big personality, legendary boxing promoter Don King is still hard at work, not in the ring, but in the heart of a community to give back.

"To go out and give, it's better to give than to receive and in so doing, you open the door for those who want to be any kind of way, whatever side of the aisle they want to take, if they want to do something, oh you're doing it for that, you're doing it for this, then join me," said King.

King, 84, returning to Cleveland for his “Turkey Tour," a 50-year-old tradition.

Cleveland police controlled traffic, as hundreds waited in line, on foot, and in their vehicles to receive a free turkey outside the Call & Post on Shaker Boulevard, a nearly 100-year-old newspaper that King proudly owns and publishes.

The event, the paper's president Kenneth Miller says, is crucial.

"…and particularly in a city like Cleveland where it's 53-percent African-American. Where it's the highest poverty rate of any metropolitan city of the United States of America."

Pam Dotson, a Cleveland resident who received a free turkey says, "It's a lot of families out here in need, you know. And I wish that a lot of them can get out here and receive this free turkey and have a free meal to feed their kids and everybody, their loved ones."

Twelve-hundred turkeys were handed out by Cleveland’s native son.

But what's up with the hat covering up that signature do?

King says,"Because it was chilly, you know what I mean, but for you I’ll snatch it off!"

The turkeys were given away on a first come, first served basis, with many families waiting out in the cold for close to two hours before King's arrival.

Next stop on his turkey tour, West Palm Beach Florida, where King currently calls home.

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