Adams County's annual Operation Freebird filled the parking lot outside of the Mountain States Toyota with tents and good cheer while giving Thanksgiving meals to 2,500.
This was the first year that the event, operated and managed by the Adams County Sheriff's Department, gave out gift certificates for free Butterball turkeys rather than frozen turkeys but that didn't slow the crowd.
County and local aid agencies were also on hand to offer COVID-19 rapid tests, advice and links to other programs.
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