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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- One Lexington restaurant was open today frying up hundreds of turkeys for people’s Thanksgiving feasts.

Lynn Beech has been helping his pal Bill Hanley, owner of Double H BBQ, fry turkeys at his restaurant every Thanksgiving day for the past 20 years.

“We usually just get a bunch of friends and family together and just come over and fry them and you know play corn hole and just goof off and have a good time,” said Beech.

But this year was a little different, the restaurant partnered with the Lexington Fire Department offering to fry people’s Thanksgiving turkeys for free in exchange for a donation to the Firefighters Toy Program.

“You know toys for kids that’s great and that’s what we’re worried about. You know we’re not taking any money for that. Anything we get goes to the firefighter toys program,” said Beech.

And boy did people turn out, bringing more than 200 turkeys for frying and that’s just before one in the afternoon.

“We’ve been inundated with turkeys. We had no idea there were this many turkeys in Fayette County,” said Bill Hanley, owner of Double H BBQ.

Those involved say the turnout was beyond their wildest dreams and say this thanksgiving will be one they always remember.

“It’s a good time. It’s just friends coming out, having a good time supporting a good program and making everything good,” said Beech.

The restaurant will be accepting donations for the Firefighters Toy Program through December.

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