Ranger-native gives back for Thanksgiving, gives away 120 turkeys to those in need

    (Courtesy: Cecil Ray Fuentes)

    Santa Claus came early to Ranger this year and he was driving a pickup truck instead of a sleigh.

    Cecil Ray Fuentes, who was born and raised in Ranger, told KTXS his family did not much have growing up.

    They had to rely on others from time to time to make ends meet.

    Now living in Hobbs, New Mexico, Fuentes said he's in a position to do so, so he wanted to pay it forward.

    “I love Ranger, Texas,” Fuentes said.

    He loaded up his "sleigh" with 100 turkeys and drove it to Wes-T-Go.

    A simple green sign said it all -- "Free Turkeys. Happy Thanksgiving!"

    He initially bought 100 turkeys.

    When those ran out, he bought 20 more.

    “It didn’t take long at all. I was real exciting,” Fuentes said.

    The turkeys were all gone in about an hour and a half.

    “There is a lot of poverty around here.," Fuentes said. ”A lot of people go without on Thanksgiving. I’ve seen it my whole life. I lived it.”

    Fuentes said it made him feel good to see smiles on the faces of people he's known his whole life.

    But he gave out more than just turkeys and hope on Saturday.

    “Gave out a lot of hugs today,” Fuentes said.

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