Rapper T.I. teamed up with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to give away Thanksgiving meals to senior citizens during the 13th annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway in southwest Atlanta on Tuesday.
“Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and showing appreciation to the people you consider a family,” T.I. said, according to WSBTV.
The event, which was hosted at the Adamsville Recreation Center, was especially meaningful because deserving Atlanta grandparents raising their grandchildren were the recipients.
The annual giveaway was hosted in partnership with the Harris Community Foundation, Councilmember Andrea Boone and other community organizations.
Tis the season for helping people
Earlier this week, Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton also did good when he fed thousands of families during his Thanksgiving Jam charitable event on Monday the Charlotte Observer reports.
The flamboyant Carolina Panthers quarterback gave dinners to at least 1,200 families at TopGolf’s Charlotte location and after their bellies were full, he sent them home with their hands full of food to make their own Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.
“We want to help as many people as possible. Just to think, we feed upwards of 1,200 kids and families today and there’s still people that’s still hungry. You just can’t do enough,” said Newton who teamed up with supermarket chain Harris Teeter to pull off the event.
Newton didn’t leave the work to his volunteers, either. He rolled up his sleeves and served families along with his two-year-old son, Chosen by his side.
Always doing it for the community! @tip gave out thanksgiving ingredients like turkeys, greens and other vegetables to his community in Atlanta yesterday. Listen to why he said he does it every year #TheAScene #TI #HappyThanksgiving #GiveThanks pic.twitter.com/AbZH3Cpe0H
— 11Alive News (@11AliveNews) November 21, 2018
“It’s just so heartwarming during the holiday time to be able to spread cheer and show people that we respect everyday Americans,” said Newton’s father Cecil, who thanked Harris Teeter, the Cam Newton Foundation and volunteers for making the event a huge success.
“We never want to get to a point where we’re not sensitive to what life is like on the other side of the fence.
“One of our keynote scriptures is of whom much is given, much is required. It’s not just about him obtaining wealth,” Cecil Newton said. “At this point he can distribute influence, distribute dollars in a well-spent manner. That’s what you’re seeing here, we’re collectively trying to come together and do some things to impact the kids.”
About 240 children who attend Title I schools were brought to Charlotte from the Boys and Girls Club of York County to participate in the event.