Man meets goal after staying in scissor lift between 30-35 hours

POSTED: 6:33 PM Nov 09 2012   UPDATED: 9:29 AM Nov 10 2012
GREENVILLE -

Austin Pendergraft said around 9:15 Friday night, he met his charitable goal after collecting 306 turkeys and 303 blankets.

Pendergraft said that he spent a total of 30-35 hours elevated on a scissor lift in Greenville.

He said that all the blankets and 150 turkeys will be donated to Gods Love Ministries, with the remaining turkeys going to the Food Bank of Greenville.

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Austin Pendergraft went up in a 30-foot scissor lift at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenville at noon on Thursday to help those in need of warmth and food.

"What I'm doing is not coming off this lift until we have 300 turkeys and 300 blankets donated for needy families here in Pitt County," Pendergraft said.

Austin said he came up with the idea a few weeks ago after God's Love Ministries lost a group home in Winterville to an early morning fire.

"One of their homes burned down in a fire so we're trying to help them out," he said.

Half of the turkeys will go to God's Love Ministries and the other half will go to the Food Bank in Greenville.

"Every Thanksgiving or Christmas I'm sitting around the table with my wife and children and extended family and enjoying a hot meal.  And the truth is there's not a lot of people that can do that and that got my attention this year. So, I thought what can I do to make a difference and this is where I ended up," he said.

As of six o'clock Friday night, Operation High Hope still needed 91 turkeys and 61 blankets.

Every person who donates gets a card for a free chicken sandwich from the Chick-fil-A in Winterville.