WESTFIELD, NJ — Brothers James Ward and John Ward gave away about 7,000 pounds of turkeys this Thanksgiving to people who may not otherwise have been able to afford them. It’s a family tradition that has grown over the years, according to James Ward.

The brothers operate and manage apartments, including senior housing. Twenty years ago, when they heard that some of the seniors didn’t have enough money for Thanksgiving turkeys, they bought and gave away maybe 10 or 20, James Ward remembers. As they learned of more people who were in need, they continued to give away more each year.

This week, the brothers and their children — James Ward’s 7-year-old son Ethan and John Ward’s 7-year-old daughter Sophia — spent Saturday delivering turkeys purchased from Al’s Prime Meat & Deli in Garwood to people in need, including seniors and single mothers, as well as to the Church of St. Mary in Elizabeth to be distributed to others.

“We spent the entire day going from site to site delivering the turkeys,” James Ward said. “It’s a lot of fun.”