CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — What began as an internet prank wound up helping dozens of Cedar Rapids families afford a holiday meal on Wednesday.
Organizers call it Operation Give Birds and what started as an online joke began a reality,
It all began when someone posted a notice on Craigslist about Austin Hermsen and his wife. The notice said the Hermsens had 30 turkeys to give away to anyone who needed one and gave a phone number to call.
None of it was true.
But when the victim of the prank started getting calls from people and heard the stories about needs during the holiday season he wondered if he and his friends could do something.
So the prank became a real event to benefit those in need.
On Wednesday, organizers brought a trailer filled with turkeys and holiday foods to the NewBo City Market and passed out food bags to those who had …