By Danielle Sanzone, Troy/The Record
In an effort to show appreciation for the sacrifices of active duty service members, veterans and their families, Tully Rinckey PLLC and Hannaford Supermarkets provided free turkeys to active duty and retired military personnel for Thanksgiving through the fifth annual “Turkeys for Veterans” program on Monday.
“More businesses should do this,” said Glenn Passino, 66, of Rensselaer. He took home a 13-pound turkey to feed his family of five including three sons that are 17, 19, and 22. Passino was a sergeant with the Air Force in Vietnam. When he came home, he worked at a local food warehouse which was a competitor to Hannaford. “I really appreciate the turkey and this program.”
Officials from Tully Rinckey PLLC and Hannaford Supermarkets handed out the turkeys to approximately 200 active duty service members and veterans at the law firm’s headquarters at 441 New Karner Rd. in Albany. This is a large jump from the first year when 50 turkeys were given out.
About 1,800 pounds of turkey was initially donated Monday but more had to be delivered to the Albany location since there was such a large demand this year. Each turkey’s value is about $15. For those who arrived at the site when the turkeys ran out, they were given gift certificates, said Molly Tarleton with Hannaford.
“All of us at Hannaford were honored to once again work with Tully Rinckey to offer a sense of comfort, home and warmth to those who so selflessly dedicate their lives to serving our country,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Molly Tarleton. “We feel privileged to serve those who serve this Thanksgiving.”
She said it was a “true partnership” with the local lawfirm since the cost of the turkeys was split evenly with Tully Rinckey.
“In the military, service members fight for the man or woman beside them. And I’m proud to continue that tradition here in the Capital District as Tully Rinckey watches out for the veterans around us as Thanksgiving nears,” said Tully Rinckey PLLC Managing Partner Greg T. Rinckey, a U.S. Army veteran. “It feels good to give back.”