Tyler Perry gives something back before Thanksgiving. On November 22, the 51-year-old star hosted his TPS Giving event and opened his Atlanta film studio, Tyler Perry Studios, to support 5,000 local families. With the giveaway he financed, residents were able to drive through boxes of groceries and gift cards worth USD 25 and pick them up for the Kroger supermarket chain. Tyler enlisted the help of volunteers who wore protective gear while they were handing out donations. According to The Associated Press, the cars lined up on Saturday and stretched for five miles. On Sunday at 10 a.m. the studio had given away the food.
"Tyler was broken seeing people across the country lining up for food and decided he wanted to give back to his Atlanta community," a source said People. "Hopefully this will encourage others who are able to give back during the holiday season in what has been a difficult year for many."
The director's event took place a week after he was honored at the People & # 39; s Choice Awards for his philanthropic endeavors and progressive work in the entertainment industry. Tyler accepted the popular championship award and emphasized the importance of persevering in difficult times. "If I had given up when I was homeless, when I slept in my car, when I was hungry, I would have given up, these people you see on screen now would not be part of my dream," he said. "There are people connected to your dream and your destiny and you are worthy of achieving your goal."
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