FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Thousands of North Texans will be have a hot Thanksgiving meal, thanks to a local football star’s big event.

The food giveaway in Fort Worth had cars on Alton Road lined up for blocks, near South Hills Avenue just south of Texas Christian University.

Volunteers were scheduled to wrap up the event at 5 p.m. but there were still cars in line and workers were busy loading boxes into buses and cars.

Albertson’s teamed up with former TCU and NFL player Ladainian Tomlinson for the “Giving Thanks With LT” event and volunteers were very busy.

Men and women handed out bags filled with everything needed for thanksgiving dinner – from whole turkeys to bottles of water.

Tomlinson said he has done the event in cities all across the country. “We’ve been doing this program for over 10 years in San Diego, New York and now here in Fort Worth. And everywhere we’ve been we’ve had no problem giving out Thanksgiving dinners. And that tells you the kind of need that’s out there for these families.”

At times the line of cars backed into the street for blocks. More than 2,100 families received food at the event.

Tomlinson said after seeing the response Monday he’ll hold another event in Fort Worth next year.

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