WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Scott England is reminded every Thanksgiving what he has to be thankful for when he looks at his son, Jackson.
As a newborn 11 years ago, Jackson threw his family into a panic when he suddenly had to be placed in the intensive care unit just a few days before the holiday.
"They told us he had a real problem," said England, 48, a Winfield resident. "Which really will wake you up. The next day they said to take him home, which was a real blessing."
In an effort to throw together a last-minute meal to celebrate the family's miracle, England offered to fry the family turkey. And that has evolved into a tradition that now benefits many other people.
"I grew up in Florida and I'm familiar with frying turkeys," England said. "It's more of a southern thing.
"The next year I did five, then we did 10, then 20, then 40 and this year we are frying 55 turkeys," he said.
The Englands can't eat all of those turkeys of course. So friends line up to take them, often bringing a side dish to contribute to his holiday table or a donation to defray the cost.
Through the years, England would get references of needy families from teachers, and send turkeys to them.