Every December, just a few days before Christmas, at West Ellisville Baptist Church, Senator Chris McDaniel hosts a turkey giveaway, handing them out free to needy families. This Tuesday will be the 9th annual event. Most years he and a team of volunteers hand out as many as 500 turkeys. This year 2.5 tons of turkeys will be handed out. Those who would like to receive a turkey only have to drive up to the church, remain in the vehicle, and say “Merry Christmas.” It’s that’s simple.
Sadly, this story receives far less media attention than it should. Since it began, Senator McDaniel has spent more than $40,000 of his own money on the giveaway.
Do we see such generous gestures from any of our political leaders? No, but Senator McDaniel doesn’t do it for the publicity, only for the generosity.
For those cynics who might think he started the event simply to curry favor with voters, think again. This began in 2006, before he began his political career in the state senate. And, contrary to the nasty and untrue ads run against him, there is not a shred of racism anywhere. In fact, most of the families who receive turkeys are African American. And they are as welcome as anyone else.
Chris McDaniel is a deeply committed Christian who believes in walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Our Lord commanded us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, to love one another and to be a blessing to our fellow man. Senator McDaniel has succeeded greatly in the legal profession and built a stellar political career dedicated to serving the people. His annual turkey giveaway is one of the many ways he gives back to his community. One would be hard pressed to find a finer example of Christian values, generosity, and compassion for others.