Houston Rockets, 50 Cent, partner to give away 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys

The team and the rapper’s foundation worked with Kroger to distribute turkeys outside of the Toyota Center on Tuesday.

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Volunteers distribute turkeys outside the Toyota Center before Thanksgiving.

The Houston Rockets teamed up with rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and his G-Unity Foundation to distribute 1,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving.

The team and foundation partnered with Kroger to distribute turkeys outside of Toyota Center via a drive-thru on Tuesday.

Various side dishes were included in the giveaway so that families can have a "full feast" this Thanksgiving. Other foods include pies, potatoes, and canned goods.

The distribution started 6 a.m. Tuesday and there was a line of cars waiting prior to the event starting, according to the Rockets Vice President of Community Relations Sarah Joseph.

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Rapper 50 Cent gives out a turkey to a family during a Houston Rockets and G-Unity Foundation giveaway.

"We started at six setting up, and there were people that got here before us, so the line was already long, but we do this every year throughout the year and the line always starts early and ends long," Joseph said.

Turkey recipient Ida Nelson was one of many people waiting for their Thanksgiving meal in the drive-thru line. She was helping someone in need.

"I have a senior citizen friend that can't get out, so I was coming to give her a turkey," Nelson said.

Joseph said that the impact of giving back is something that is important to consider from a community standpoint and how it helps families during the holiday season.

"There's so many families in Houston that are just not able to provide food for their families this holiday season, so we're happy to be able to do this,” Joseph said.

Joseph anticipated all of the food getting passed out prior to the ending of the event.

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