First responders team up with Stew Leonard’s to give away free turkeys

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First responders from the city of Yonkers joined Stew Leonard’s employees to help Westchester families in need by handing out free turkeys.


Police, firefighters and other first responders from the Hudson Valley are helping families in need this holiday season.

With Thanksgiving just a week away, first responders from the city of Yonkers joined Stew Leonard’s employees to help Westchester families in need by handing out free turkeys.

Police officers and firefighters formed a human assembly line passing out hundreds of frozen turkeys today. It’s the 40th year that Stew Leonard’s has distributed to food-insecure people throughout the tri-state area. This year the store will give out over 3,000 birds. "When we're finished been here at Stew Leonard’s today and handing out all these turkeys out, your heart is in a different place for Thanksgiving. Everybody’s thinking what recipe, and should I serve mashed potatoes, or how much cranberry sauce should I buy...when you’re done, you realize there a lot of people that can’t afford to buy a turkey. It makes you feel good to be able to provide that,” says Stew Leonard Jr.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and other local officials were also on hand for the event. One turkey won’t be on anyone’s plate this Thanksgiving though as the mayor pardoned Mooney the Turkey. Mooney will live out his remaining days in happiness on a Westchester turkey farm.

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