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300 turkeys given away to needy families in central Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. - One of central Florida's largest social service agencies gave out 300 turkeys with all the trimmings on Monday, but Channel 9 learned they had to turn away hundreds more who still need help this Thanksgiving.

This year, the Klein family is more thankful than ever for a turkey and an oven to cook it in.

"Anything but macaroni and cheese. That's all we've been eating," said Susan Klein.

Matthew Klein received a promising job offer in the entertainment industry last year, so he and his parents moved to Orlando from New Jersey. But the job was delayed, and Susan Klein became ill, so the family ran out of savings and lived on the street for 11 days.

The Kleins were recently able to move into an apartment of their own, but they still needed help, like so many others at the Community Food and Outreach Center.

Many of those WFTV saw in line on Monday were waiting with young children.

There were about $5,000 worth of turkeys there, and it only took about two hours for all of them to be taken.

The Community Food and Outreach Center said about 200 more families still need turkeys and trimmings for Thanksgiving.