The Black McDonald's Operators Association will be giving away free turkey dinners at select McDonald's locations this week. Credit: Provided

GRAND BOULEVARD — The Black McDonald’s Operators Association is giving away 2,000 turkey dinners this week to families in need ahead of the holidays.

The free event, now in its 22nd year, will provide families with a holiday meal kit with turkeys and side dishes, including sweet potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Desserts will also be given away, courtesy of Bimbo Bakeries USA.

“It’s really about giving back to the less fortunate. As McDonald’s owner-operators, having compassion for our consumers is what makes us who we are,” said memberDerrick Taylor.

Meals will be distributed at specific McDonald’s locations in the area:

Thursday: 19767 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights

Friday: 740 E. 47th St.

Saturday: 6093 Broadway Ave in Merrillville, Indiana

All events will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until supplies last, with meal kits distributed on afirst-come, first-served basis. There will be a special line set aside for veterans who show proof of military service.

Hats and gloves will also be given away.

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