CHARLOTTE -- The entire Charlotte Bobcats organization spent Tuesday morning getting into the Thanksgiving spirit of giving back.
The Bobcats handed out 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate at Time Warner Cable Arena. The team partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to identify Charlotte area residents who might not otherwise have food for the holiday.
“We want every person in our community to make sure that we have a full Thanksgiving meal” said Kim Henderson, executive director of Cats Care Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Bobcats organization.
Players hung out with fans and passed out meals throughout the morning. They say while helping those in need, they also got something in return.
“I had no clue that it was going to be this big of a success. Once I got here, I saw why we're here. This is the reason, to put some smiles on these people's faces. Seeing these people here, definitely needing a meal, it just makes me feel very, very humble,” said Anthony Tolliver, a Bobcats forward.
Much of the food was donated by North Carolina-based grocery store chain Food Lion. Its leader says giving back to the community that helped create its success is part of its mission.
“It just feels really good to give back to the community and make sure that we are providing dinners for people that are our neighbors,” said Beth Newlands Campbell, president of Food Lion.
William Haddock waited in line for several hours to receive a meal. He got to meet many of the players. He says it put a smile on his face to know the team cares.
“I think they're great. They're really great. They're really caring. Excited, I just feel excited” said Haddock.
Each meal distributed was large enough to feed a family of four.