Local companies giving away 1000 free turkeys Wednesday morning

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – R.J. Valente Gravel inc., and Capital District Regional Off-Track Betting are partnering for a turkey giveaway Wednesday morning.

It’s the third annual turkey giveaway to say thank you to their customers in the Capital Region with one of the greatest gifts of all; food.

R. J. Valente Gravel is a family owned and operated company based in Troy, and today they will be making Thanksgiving possible for a thousand families in the Capital Region as a way of saying thank you.

The Valente family filled one of their tractor trailers with turkeys and since 11 a.m. has been giving them away at no cost to folks in the capital region who may not be able to afford one otherwise.

This year, Kenworth of Albany of joined the partnership to increase the amount of poultry given away to an impressive 1000 turkeys.

R. J. Valente Gravel inc. owner Roddy Valente says the event is about filling a need he saw within his community, and building on the connections his family and business have made. But he says it all started and continues because of family.

“My little grandson, it was three years ago when he was diagnosed with eye cancer. It started in the spring of the year and by the fall he was basically healed with the chemo therapy down at Sloan kKettering,” said Valente. “And we just thought as a family that we gotta start giving back more. We thought we did enough but we know that there was more to do. That was the start of this and we hope to keep it going for years to come.”

The first year of the giveaway it was 600 turkeys. The second year it was 800 turkeys. This year 1000 thanksgiving birds are up for grabs.

The giveaway starts at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Clubhouse Racebook at 711 Central Avenue in Albany. The giveaway is first-come, first-served, so if you’re hoping to get a turkey, you may want to get there and get in line early.

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