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Chiefs Thanksgiving Food Distribution

Posted Nov 22, 2012

It’s turkey time and the Chiefs proved that it is truly better to give than to receive.

The annual Chiefs Thanksgiving Food Distribution was Tuesday at Arrowhead Stadium. Members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team, including Chiefs players, Cheerleaders and Red Coaters, joined volunteers from the Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation to collate and distribute baskets of food to serve those in need throughout the Kansas City area this holiday season (Watch Video).

“The Kansas City Chiefs and the Third and Long Foundation have linked up together to feed 2,000 families,” WR Terrance Copper explained. “Kansas City is definitely a place where the fans really make the team and it’s a way for us to give back to the community.”

Since 1992, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and Chiefs players have funded the annual Chiefs Thanksgiving Food Distribution. In that time, more than 16,500 families have been fed as a result of this initiative. This year, the Chiefs Thanksgiving Food Distribution provided 2,000 local families with their Thanksgiving meal.

“This is really exciting because it’s not only the players, or the Hunt family, but it’s the Cheerleaders, the Red Coaters and front office staff; everybody coming together collectively to help uplift our neighbors for Thanksgiving,” Chuck Castellano noted, Chiefs Community Relations Manager. “It really has been a team effort to help the community and so many families will be getting a Thanksgiving meal as a result of this endeavor.”

Tuesday morning the Red Coaters and volunteers arrived at the stadium to place the food items into bags in preparation for them to be distributed by Chiefs players that afternoon. The bags contained a turkey, vegetables, canned goods, perishables and eggs.

WR Dexter McCluster was lending a hand loading the vans and signing autographs for some of the children in attendance.

“On our off day some of the guys came in to help load up some vans with bags of food. It’s a great way to be a blessing to other people in the community,” McCluster commented. “If you’re in a position to help, I think it’s important to take the time to help out. I believe in giving back and I’m happy to be a part of this.”

McCluster also made a special home delivery to a local family.

“Dexter McCluster visited a family nearby to make an in home delivery,” Castellano said. “He brought items for Thanksgiving dinner and had some extra Chiefs items that he signed for them. He helped load their pantry and fridge and it was really touching. The Chiefs Community Caring Team loves to embrace and help our neighbors all the time but it’s especially important this time of the year for Thanksgiving.”

Chiefs players agreed that it’s important to give back to a community that lives and breathes Red and Gold.

“It’s always important to give back to the community; they’re the ones that support us through thick and thin,” TE Steve Maneri said. “It’s great to give back to the community. There’s no better feeling than knowing we’re helping feed 2,000 families for the holiday.”

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