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More Than 1,000 Turkeys Handed Out To Needy Families

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Hundreds of families in Queens will now be able to enjoy a turkey this Thanksgiving, thanks to a generous effort from City Council Member Francisco Moya and members of the NYPD.

Officers stood in the rain Sunday at the Park of the Americas in Corona, distributing more than 1,000 turkeys for families in need.

They also gave out winter coats and socks.

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Officers said this small gesture goes a long way for families who may not have been able to enjoy a holiday meal.

For some cops, it's personal.

"Something that we're passionate about. We're passionate about giving back," Lt. Michael Almonte said. "I grew up right in this neighborhood. I played basketball in this park behind me. For us to come back here 15-20 years later, and be able to do for this community means a lot to us."

This is the event's second year at the Corona location.

Moya's office sponsored the event along with Iconic 32 Sports, New York City District Council of Carpenters, Construction and General Building Laborers' Local 79, NYPD Lt. Mike Almonte, Queensboro Football Club, Colorwerx, Precision Concierge NY, CCA Metro and AG Power.

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