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Where to Get a Free Thanksgiving Turkey In Harlem

By Gustavo Solis | November 21, 2014 3:00pm | Updated on November 24, 2014 8:45am
 Turkey giveaways in Harlem.
Turkey giveaways in Harlem.
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HARLEM — The record label behind Paris Hilton's new club album "Good Times" is giving away free turkeys — the Thanksgiving kind.

Cash Money Records, which also produced Limp Bizkit, Drake and Lil Wayne, is teaming up with the Harlem YMCA to hand out free birds Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m.

To get a turkey, register at the YMCA before Tuesday.

It is just one of at least four turkey giveaways happening in the neighborhood between Friday and Tuesday.

Here is a map of where to get a free turkey:

“This is my first time doing this — a turkey drive — and this has been amazing,” said East Harlem advocate Clark Pena. “I didn’t know the need was so strong. A lot of people out there were not going to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving.”

Pena teamed up with housing organizations, politicians and the NYPD to find families that would benefit most. They handed out 200 tickets and will be distributing turkeys Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the 116th Street Block Association at 55 115th St.

Other giveaways, like the one at BTH on 712 West 125th St., are first-come, first-served. They have 100 turkeys and will start giving them out Saturday at 11 a.m.

One of the biggest giveaways is at Ricardo Steak House at 2145 Second Ave., where they will hand out 1,000 turkeys Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. This is the sixth year they’ve been doing the turkey drive.

In addition to turkey giveaways, other groups are spreading holiday cheer throughout the neighborhood in other ways. 

A national organization Gobble Gobble Give is preparing hundreds of meals at the Church of the Intercession on West 155th Street and will deliver them throughout the neighborhood.

The Salvation Army on East 125th is hosting a Thanksgiving meal this Sunday. Everyone is invited as long as they attend their church service before hand. The service starts at 11 a.m. and volunteers are welcome, a spokeswoman said.

Students from CUNY are going to be handing out blankets and bagged lunches in East Harlem Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.