Tyler Perry’s Thanksgiving giveaway causes havoc in Atlanta as thousands wait 16 hours in line of cars stretching 12 miles to claim one of the 5,000 free food parcels that ran out in two hours

Atlanta’s roads were snarled with traffic on Sunday as people waited for up to 16 hours in their cars to claim a free box of Thanksgiving food donated by billionaire actor and film studio owner Tyler Perry.

Perry, 51, was donating boxes full of supplies for the holiday to those in need, along with gift cards, Fox 5 in Atlanta reported.

Inside the boxes were cans of food and cranberry sauce, boxes of corn muffin mix, and a voucher for $25.

The food ran out by 10am, and those who missed out on the 5,000 boxes, but were able to make it to the front of the line by midday, were given a $50 voucher.

The Medea star, the first African American to own a film studio, found there was no shortage of those looking for extra help amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Perry, who was the highest-paid man in entertainment in 2011, is the actor, writer and director who made available his sprawling $18million, 12-bedroom, eight-bathroom Beverly Hills mansion to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following their move from Canada.

Today’s donations were processed through Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the event was called #TPSGiving.

‘Although we wish that we could feed everyone in need, we will close the line at the 5,000th family,’ a description for the charity event read.

The giveaway was intended to only run from 8 a.m. until noon, but the intense demand meant that some people lined up their cars the night before in hopes of getting a box of non-perishables.

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Source: Daily Mail