Bird is the word! Stars align in Bed-Stuy for turkey giveaway

Birds of a feather: Father-son duo Howard Collins and Howard Collins Jr. were happy to lend a hand at Tuesday’s turkey drive.
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Hometown celebrities banded together for a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway at a Bedford-Stuyvesant community center on Nov. 24 — but residents were the real stars of the show and the main event was the season of giving, according to one volunteer.

“The highlight was feeding the people in Brooklyn, feeding the less fortunate, and being thankful,” said Brownsville resident Howard Collins, who helped doll out 300 free holiday birds at the Roosevelt Community Center alongside his 7-year-old son Howard Collins Jr.

Recognizable city-dwellers including rapper Lil Mama and New York Giants legend Deon Grant also showed up to hand out fowls to locals in need.

Howard Collins Jr. — who has entertainment aspirations of his own — had met Lil Mama at a show in the past and was thrilled to mingle with the diva again, said his dad.

“He was excited to see Lil Mama,” he said. “They’re good friends.”

An organizer said the annual do-gooding drive was a big success, and she was thankful for another fun-filled event.

“We always have a good time,” said Meda Leacock, founder of I Am Wonda Woman, an organization that mentors young girls and hosted the event for a sixth year along with fellow mentoring group Leaders of Tomorrow Brooklyn and other local outfits. “We always make it fun for everyone.”

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Juan montoute from Bronx nyc says:
Im very proud of you and your son howy.and im sure your mom would be proud of you and your glad to have you in our family.
Dec. 22, 2015, 2:23 am
Abdur-Rashid Salaam from ENY says:
Howie your gonna make it by any means Thank Allah
Dec. 22, 2015, 9:52 am

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