State Rep. Borris Miles Provides A Happy Thanksgiving for Houston Families
November 21, 2011

It was the kind of event that warmed your heart, but one that also made you wonder about the state of  the nation’s economy.

This past Saturday, hundreds of people lined up for an opportunity to get a free turkey just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

This is the seventh year that State Rep. Borris Miles has provided turkeys for underserved  families living in the neighborhoods he represents. 

Many of the people were elderly or disabled, and the Houston lawmaker assembled a team of young men to carry the turkeys to the recipients’ vehicles.

 This year, Rep. Miles donated the turkeys in collaboration with TexStars Foundation and Our Legends Givings.

“When we work together as a community, we all rise,” says Miles about his turkey give-a-way.  “I want to thank all the people who have worked with me over the past seven years to brighten the holidays for District 146 families. I know that together we have made a difference.”

Thanksgiving Arrives Early For Some Lucky Houstonians
November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving arrived early for hundreds of people living in southeast Houston.

In the spirit of the season, State Representative-Elect Borris Miles (D-146) handed out 1000 turkeys at five different locations on Saturday afternoon.

Miles and his group of  volunteers rode around in a white box truck making stops  that included Third Ward, Sunnyside, South Park and South Acres.  

News about the turkey giveaway spread quickly and people lined up at each location.  “It helps out a lot when you have a big family,” said Sonja Johnson.  Johnson said this was her first time to receive a free Thanksgiving turkey,however, this is Miles sixth year handing them out to people – no questions asked.

“I started this before I was an elected official,” said Miles. “I wanted to give back to the community and make sure that families could have a good Thanksgiving meal.”   Miles, who calls himself a product/son of Sunnyside,  also said he is concerned about the economy and didn’t want families in need to go hungry or without a traditional feast this year.

Miles, who was elected to a second term on November 2, said he conducts the turkey handouts in conjuction with his TX Stars Foundation.  The foundation also sponsors educational events and the Hip Hop for HIV awareness campaign.

Miles was joined at the turkey giveaway by is wife, mother, Theldon Branch, Jeri Brooks and many other volunteers.