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Chiefs Provide Thanksgiving Meals for Local Families

Chiefs provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need

On Tuesday, the Chiefs Community Caring Team helped load bags of food from Hy-Vee for local families in need during the holiday season.

Team President Mark Donovan, the Chiefs Rookie Club, Red Coaters and volunteers from the Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third & Long Foundation and Truman Medical Centers gathered at the Pavilion at Arrowhead Stadium to load up cars and trucks with bags of food from Hy-Vee for local relief agencies.

"This is a great way to give back and help local families in need during the holidays," Chiefs QB Aaron Murray noted. "Thanksgiving is a time to be with your loved ones and enjoy a great meal and it means so much to all of us to be able to give that to these families. This is helping provide them with a great meal they can enjoy and not worry about putting food on the table, it's been taken care of for you."

This hunger-relief initiative will provide more than 1,700 households in need with their Thanksgiving meal. Since 1992, the Chiefs organization has funded the annual Chiefs Thanksgiving Food Distribution and in that time, nearly 20,000 families have been fed as a result of this initiative.

The Kansas City Chiefs rookies in association with the Third and Long Foundation help with distributing food.

"It's awesome to be a part of this initiative; being from Brazil, we obviously don't have Thanksgiving so it's extra exciting for me to be a part of something this year that I can only celebrate here and also celebrate by helping other families," Chiefs K Cairo Santos said. "Unfortunately, so many families don't have the privilege to have the big thanksgiving meals and I know this holiday is more about the food and eating with your family, so helping with this initiative will hopefully put a smile on some of their faces and give them a great holiday."

In addition to this outreach initiative, other initiatives the team activates that help nourish our neighbors include Super Bowl of Caring and Lift Up America, as well as this weekend's Chiefs Kingdom* *Food Drive for Harvesters. To learn how you can contribute, visit

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