Most days, first responders line up to help somebody.
Cops rush to a crime scene.
Firefighters jump on trucks and speed off to save a house.
Saturday is a different. On that day, area first responders will line up to try to pummel each other on the football field, to raise money to feed the hungry on Thanksgiving Day.
The flag football tournament among area fire departments and police departments is being billed as the "1st Annual Turkey Tourney," with all proceeds going to Freedom Temple Ministries' first-ever Freedom Feast on Thanksgiving.
The Rock Hill church - one of York County's largest with almost 2,000 members - is planning to feed at least 500 families on Thanksgiving as a way to support the area's needy.
"In this economic climate, with the struggles so many people are having, we wanted to put on an event that shows people the resolve of our community to give to others," said the Rev. Herb Crump, senior pastor at Freedom Temple.
"This is for anyone who has felt the pinch of the economic crunch - a person does not have to be homeless to feel the pinch this year.
"And around Thanksgiving, besides the meal that gives thanks for what we have and the sharing with others, the other part people think about is football."
Mike Waithe, a Freedom Temple parishioner and officer with the Fort Mill Police Department, pitched the idea of the football game as a way to raise money to pay for the Freedom Feast.
The games start at 10 a.m. on the soccer field adjacent to Fort Mill's Elisha Park.
"All the teams can get out there and battle it out, have a good time, and we can do what we can to help the community," said Waithe.
The competition is expected to be fierce - downright rough.
Teams from Fort Mill's police and fire departments are already in, Waithe said, as are Rock Hill police, the Flint Hill Fire Department and the York County Sheriff's Office.
Freedom Temple's own flag football team - as the hosts of the event - plan to run long and throw it deep against the cops and firemen.
Sides will have seven players at a time - but no guns or Tasers for cops, no axes for firemen.
"Any team that comes from first responders - any fire department, the National Guard, we'll make room for them in the tournament," Waithe said.
Some teams are already practicing.
A bunch from the Flint Hill Fire Department were outside in the dusk throwing a football around this week to get ready, and Fort Mill's cops expect to throw a flag-style whipping on their brethren from Rock Hill.
Waithe has extra incentive - he used to work for the Rock Hill PD.
And Fort Mill's police have a ringer as a coach - Chief Jeff Helms is a legendary youth football coach in Fort Mill, with several championship teams.
Many of the same first responders raised money for charity during the summer in a tug of war at Knights Stadium before a baseball game. The cops won that one - but not before a ton of trash was talked by both sides.
Organizers hope this event becomes an annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition that offers a few laughs and raises money for those around us who need a hand on Thanksgiving.
Besides, that's what first responders do every day - help.
Want to help?
What: The First " Turkey Tourney" flag football charity game, pitting teams of first responders against each other.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Soccer field adjacent to Elisha Park on S.C. 160, downtown Fort Mill
Who: All first responders and military teams are invited to participate.
How much: $70 per team
Why: All proceeds go to Freedom Temple Ministries "Freedom Feast," which will serve Thanksgiving Day dinner to 500 families
Information: On the football game, call the Fort Mill Police Department at 803-547-2022, or e-mail Officer Mike Waithe at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information or to confirm attendance for the free Thanksgiving Freedom Feast, call Freedom Temple at 803-327-7888 or go to freedomtempleministries.org.