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Honest Ed's hosts annual pre-Christmas turkey giveaway

Honest Ed's is located at 581 Bloor Street West.

TORONTO, Ont. – A longstanding tradition continued Sunday morning, when Honest Ed’s opened its doors at 10 a.m. for its annual pre-Christmas Turkey giveaway.

The philanthropic act is a tradition that the late Ed Mirvish began 25-years-ago, and it has been continued by his son David to this day.

One man was first in line for the third year in a row, telling CityNews he snagged the spot at 11 p.m. Friday night.

“Year after year it helps feed a lot of families that don’t have, they come here they get a turkey and they have something on the table, right?” he said.

Others were there for the first time while others say they make it a tradition to attend.

“It’s a tradition that my grandmother started so we’re keeping it going,” said one man.

“A lot of people come every year so you see familiar faces, so even when you’re standing in line you can talk to people that you see every year,” said another.

People who are in need were encouraged to arrive early to ensure their spot in line. Despite the rainy weather early Sunday, people were already lined up around the corner from the store by 7:00 a.m.

The store is expected to hand out more than 6,000 kilograms of free turkeys.