Windsor residents in need started lining up Friday before dawn for a chance to get a free Christmas turkey dinner.

Mikhail Holdings, a real estate development company, gives away turkeys in downtown Windsor every holiday season.

Joe Mikhail says his family and business are thankful they can help others who are in need.

There were 500 turkeys up for grabs at the corner of Ouellette and University avenues at 10:30 a.m.

"It's first-come, first-serve, but police do go down the line, because we've had incidents where we run out," Mikhail said. "We usually hustle around town at the end and try to purchase more turkeys for people, but it's unfortunate when you have a multiple family members in line who would take a turkey from somebody else."

Mikhail says they're trying to give back to the community.

"It has nothing to do with our business, but we do it because the bottom line is we enjoy giving out at that time of season," he said. "I enjoy having my children and their children seeing the better part of charity, the other side of it."