Thousands of families will have a Thanksgiving dinner, all thanks to Tyler Perry!
On Sunday, the entertainment mogul opened his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and donated 5,000 meals comprised of food boxes and gift cards to supermarket chain Kroger.
We are excited to announce the #TPSGiving Food Giveaway event on Sunday, November 22nd from 8:00am to 12:00pm.— Tyler Perry Studios (@TPstudios) November 19, 2020
During this drive-up event we will be distributing non-perishable food items and gift cards to people who are in need during this holiday season. See you there! pic.twitter.com/kQH2DvwNYp
Per People magazine, the “Madea” star personally funded the event, which was titled “TPS Giving.”
"Tyler was heartbroken seeing people all over the country stand in line for food, so he decided he wanted to give back to his community in Atlanta," a source close to Perry told People on Sunday.
"Hopefully this encourages others who are able to, to give back during the holiday season in a year that has been difficult for many.”
According to the outlet, the event was drive-thru only to prevent spread of COVID-19. Studio volunteers were also tested beforehand and were dressed in protective gear.
Needless to say, Perry’s generosity was well-received by Georgia residents, with cars lining up 12 hours prior to the start time.
Local media reported the line at one point stretched for five miles.
The studio said it would close the line at the 5,000th family; it was out of food by 10 a.m.
Of course, this is not the first time Perry has graciously given back to those in need.
In July of this year, Perry gave out 1,000 Kroger gift cards to Atlanta residents, with help from the Atlanta Police Department.
“This is about the community that I love, that I live in and work in,” he said in a statement at the time. “This is about good people who are in need of a hand up, not a handout.”
In June, People reported that Perry donated a brand-new cargo van to Project U First, a nonprofit that distributes hygiene products.
Two months before this, he left a $21,000 tip to the waitstaff at the West Paces location of Houston’s Restaurant, and paid for the groceries of elderly shoppers at 44 Kroger stores in Atlanta, as well as 29 Winn-Dixie stores in New Orleans.
In September, Forbes estimated Perry’s net worth to be $1 billion.