More than 350 turkeys distributed to those in need in Miami-Dade County

Commissioner teams up with Miccosukee Tribe for annual event

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Turkeys were distributed Friday to those in need at the Miami-Dade Auditorium.

Gisselle Flores, 10, told Local 10 News that her mother, aunts, cousins and grandmother will gather around their table this year to enjoy the turkey on Thanksgiving.

"It's like people giving food to your family. Like, it's taking care of them," Gisselle said. 

While Gisselle waited, Miami-Dade County employees worked to get everything set up for the turkey giveaway. More than 350 turkeys were given to families in need. 

"Every little bit helps, and it's great, and my mom's really excited," Angel Cabaza, who was picking up a turkey for his mother, said.

Cabaza said he stood in line for his mother because she is disabled.

"And my mom's a real good cook, so I'm also looking forward to that turkey when it's done," Cabaza said. "I'm getting my blessings out of it, too."

Cabaza also escorted his mother's neighbor, 80-year-old Anais Cifuentes, to the giveaway.

Cifuentes told Local 10 that her children are crazy, waiting for the turkey.  

She said she came to the U.S. from Cuba nine years ago and regrets not coming sooner. She said she is most thankful for her freedoms in the U.S.

Cifuentes said she is looking forward to "peace and calm" on Thanksgiving.

This is the seventh year that the turkeys were provided thanks to a partnership between Miami-Dade Commissioner Francis Suarez and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians.

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