It was the biggest blood-drive in Carter Bloodcare's Stewart Center's history and it was all in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Hundreds of East Texans pulled up their sleeves Wednesday, just so they could chow down for free Thanksgiving Day.
It looked like any other blood drive--a mobile bus full of workers and donors laying on couches squeezing stress balls, but at the end of this one, the donor is handed a free turkey!
"Yeah I'd bleed for a turkey! Bring it on," Tyler resident Michael Best laughs.
The blood drive already collected more than 400 pints of blood. So much outpouring from the community, Carter Bloodcare and Greenberg Smoked Turkeys decided to keep at it Wednesday.
"The response has been huge, the lines are gigantic...it's a testament to our customers that they're willing to do that," says Griffin Goodman with Greenberg Smoked Turkeys.
Some donors told us, they came to make a difference knowing that just one pint of blood can saves three lives.
"It helps somebody and maybe someday it will help my family," says donor Vickie Best.
Others admitted they did it for the turkey. A turkey so good, it's famous, even featured on Oprah's Favorite Things in 2003.
"I've eaten them my whole life , that's the only turkey that I really like," says donor Felicia Cameron.
"People wait a long time in line for these turkeys and to give blood to get one, it's a good deal," says David Haro as he holds two turkey boxes.
There was a line of people waiting in the rain to give blood or get their hands on a free turkey. Either way, everyone's wondering what might be given away next year.
"Get some stuffing, potatoes to go along with it," David jokes.