The Avenue Music Group’s Spread the Love Thanksgiving Day Giveback is helping the community by providing food, clothing and live performances to those less fortunate, and those folks in need of a little extra help and community love.

The event will take place Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 957 Marcy Ave. in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

AMG is collaborating with 200+ community organizations, businesses and artists. The entertainment will range from performances from hip-hop artists, poetry and spoken word as well as performances by dancers. In addition, barber shops and salons will be handing out free haircuts during the events.

This event is very special to Joshua Walker, creator and CEO of Avenue Music Group. He founded the group in 2013. AMG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of artists and youth in the community.

“The purpose of the event is to provide food, clothes and entertainment to the community, for those who don’t have as much as others,” said Walker.

Members of the community can donate any goods the day of the event or at any of the pickup spots AMG plans on announcing.

“Most of us have families to go home to, meals and clothes—some people don’t have any of that. We wanted to do something to provide for them,” Walker continued. “I am very big on people coming together and doing amazing things. What we wanted to do was collaborate with local artists, businesses, organizations and bridge the gap between businesses and artists and regular community individuals.”

AMG is also using this event to launch their $50,000 youth fundraiser to continue to make a positive impact on teens within our community. AMG offers workshops to schools. The fundraiser will aid in their continued effort to inspire students around New York City.

Walker told the Amsterdam News last month, “A lot of schools don’t have a large budget, so they can’t afford the workshops that we do or they have to cancel another arts program to be able to bring us in. So what we want to do is self-fund it, to be able to offer these programs free of charge.”

“There are times when kids will break down and cry at our workshops when they realize there are people out there that really care about them and want them to succeed,” said Walker. “I’ve had teens get internships and jobs when their lives were headed to drugs and gangs. They thought the only thing they could do was sell drugs to get out of the hood until we opened their eyes to better opportunities.”

For more information, email or call 347-760-3739. Also visit

To learn more about AMG’s mission and upcoming events, visit their Facebook page at AMG E.R. or Joshua Walker and donate to their fundraiser at

On board sponsors include the following:

Carvel Ice Cream 

Panera Bread 


Food Town 

Councilmember Robert E. Cornegy 

Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright 

My Base 

ACA Branding 

El Jeffe 


Deans List Tour 

Paint and Poetry

Back to Basics –

Free community Thanksgiving Day dinners are available from the following organizations.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network New York City Chapter is serving Thanksgiving dinner at the House of Justice, located at 106 W. 145th Street in Harlem on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sweet Mama’s Soul Food and Salad Bar and the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement are hosting their third annual Thanksgiving dinner giveaway on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 3 p.m. Dinners will be available to go. The restaurant is located 689 Malcolm X Blvd. in Harlem.

First Corinthian Baptist Church is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner on Thanksgiving Day starting at noon. The church is located at 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. in Harlem.

The Humble School of Martial Arts is having its free annual Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 24, at noon at Restoration Plaza located at 1368 Fulton St. in Brooklyn.

Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The church is located at 899 Winthrop St. in Brooklyn. For more information, call 718 363-1041.

The Goddard Riverside Community Center is hosting a Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 3 p.m. The community center is located at 593 Columbus Ave. in Manhattan.

The Way 2 Life Ministries is hosting its fifth annual Feeding Families Thanksgiving Day Holiday Event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harlem Police Athletic League, located at 441 Manhattan Ave. at 119th Street.

The Ganvil T. Woods Association and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter in Queens are hosting their annual Thanksgiving Day Feast and clothing giveaway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 89-60 164th St. in Jamaica, Queens.

A Thanksgiving Day dinner is being held at Tompkins Square Park on the Lower East Side from noon to 3 p.m., inside the park at the entrance of Avenue A and Ninth Street in Manhattan.

The Pathhseo Soup Kitchen at Caldwell Temple is hosting a Thanksgiving community dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will take place at 1288 Rev. James A Polite Ave. in the Bronx.

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 290 Henry St. in Manhattan.

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church is hosting a Thanksgiving open house with food and live music starting at 11 a.m. The church is located 30-44 Crescent St. in Astoria, Queens.

Young People 4 Young People is hosting their Thanksgiving Day Dinner Party from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Following is a party from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Asmara Ballroom located at 2165 Powell Ave. in the Bronx.

—Compiled by Cyril Josh Barker