Thanks to actor Jon Voight, some medically needy children are going to have a happy Thanksgiving.
Voight, the father of actress Angelina Jolie, is best known for his Oscar-winning role in the movie "Coming Home," and for his career-making portrayal of the male prostitute Joe Buck in "Midnight Cowboy," the only X-rated movie ever to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
While standing in the checkout line at a Kentucky Walmart, Voight noticed that a woman in front of him had a shopping cart full of turkeys, CBS News reports.
The woman, Sydney Gholston, reportedly recognized the actor when he struck up a conversation with her about the turkeys, asking if she had a large family.
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Gholston, 28, explained that she was buying them for children at Home of the Innocents, a local nonprofit shelter and pediatric convalescent center. That’s reportedly all Voight needed to hear. Generously, he insisted on footing the bill for all six turkeys.
Meredith Pack, marketing manager for Home of the Innocent, was elated. “Some medically fragile children do not eat the same Thanksgiving meal and some residents will have other arrangements with family for the holiday,” she said.
On Nov. 18, shortly after receiving the turkey donation, the Home of the Innocents posted a picture on its Facebook page of Gholston and Voight posing together at the Walmart, along with the story of the charitable transaction.
The post has subsequently gone viral, with more than 4,200 shares and 11,000 likes.
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Prior to his Kentucky Walmart visit, Voight’s most recent media exposure was when he released his “Plea to Save America” video, in which he urged Americans to vote for President-elect Donald Trump in the election, as reported by Breitbart.
“May God protect the real truth, and may Donald Trump win this presidency,” says Voight in the video. “He will save our America, and he will certainly make it great again.”