Turkey Giveaway Brings Joy to Needy Families in Humboldt Park


With the Thanksgiving countdown underway, Ald. Roberto Maldonado joined Michael Petryshyn, founder of Humboldt Park’s famous punk, rock, and alternative music festival “Riot Fest” to give thanks to the 26th Ward community this week.

Through the generosity of Petryshyn, Maldonado helped unload a truck of 500 turkeys outside his 26th Ward Community Service Office on Monday to distribute to needy families.  Despite the sleet and snow, hundreds of residents gathered to receive a turkey and a “Happy Thanksgiving” greeting from their Alderman.

The turkey giveaway continued on Tuesday with local businesses donating turkeys for churches and schools.  Maldonado’s staff also personally delivered turkeys to homebound seniors and disabled persons.

Although the Thanksgiving Turkey Give Away is an annual tradition for Maldonado, this was the largest donation of turkeys ever for this event.