Thanksgiving is here, and for many it’s the opportunity to celebrate family and friends with a bountiful feast shared among loved ones.
However, for those less fortunate, Thanksgiving (and the rest of the holiday season) can be a stressful time, as they try to provide a similar meal and experience without necessarily having the means to do so. Many players and teams around the NBA used the week before Thanksgiving to give back to their communities and try to ease some of that stress by putting on dinners for members of their community or giving away turkeys and side dishes so families can host dinner without having to worry about the cost. Below you can see some of the numerous ways those around the NBA gave back leading into the holiday.
Russell Westbrook’s foundation hosted 800 families in need in Los Angeles for his eighth annual Thanksgiving dinner, where he was joined by James Harden and others to help serve food and meet with the families — Harden’s foundation also hosted dinners for over 250 at local Houston churches this week.
THANK YOU to all people involved in the special evening of giving back OUR community. I’m blessed and thankful to be able to service a community where I a grew up in. The @WhyNotFdn will continue to service OUR communities with different acts of giving!!!! #whynot pic.twitter.com/wUPekz6IJ7
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) November 22, 2019
.@JHarden13 and his 3 The Harden Way foundation partnered with local churches to host his 8th annual Thanksgiving dinner for less fortunate families.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 26, 2019
The Heat hosted their Thanksgiving Celebration at the Miami Rescue Mission, giving away hundreds of turkey baskets, hot meals, and more to the Miami community.
600 turkey baskets, 450 hot meals, 1,000 slices of pizza, 1,000 hot dogs and endless smiles were served during our Thanksgiving Celebration at the Miami Rescue Mission today.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 20, 2019
The Thunder visited Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children in OKC, to serve lunch an interact with the kids at their Thanksgiving Carnival.
In Brooklyn, Jarrett Allen hosted his third straight Meals + Math Thanksgiving, where he worked with 25 local kids to put together a Thanksgiving meal on a $100 budget to help them work on budgeting and math, along with providing them with food for a big meal.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 19, 2019
Zach LaVine gave out 500 turkeys and sides to those in need in Chicago.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 22, 2019
The Lakers hosted their annual Turkey Feast last week, providing food and activities for over 250 people in the community.
Turkey time at our annual Thanksgiving Feast! 🍗🏀 pic.twitter.com/UaSvnosFsk
— Lakers Community (@LakersCommunity) November 17, 2019
The Grizzlies gave away 800 boxes of non-perishable food and other household items to families in need at their Season of Giving event in Memphis.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 21, 2019
Victor Oladipo and the Pacers hosted their Come To Our House event where they served local families Thanksgiving dinner.
We’re serving it up at the annual Come to Our House Thanksgiving Dinner presented by @USFoods and hosted by @VicOladipo, @dougmcdermott & the @PacersFdn 🤗#SeasonOfGiving x @PacersCares pic.twitter.com/34aUCNOgQv
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 20, 2019
Jrue Holiday of the Pelicans hosted his annual Turkey Day with Holiday event, as he gave 75 families in need supplies for a full turkey dinner.
As part of the @PelicansNBA Season of Giving, @Jrue_Holiday11 and family hosted his annual Turkey Day with Holiday @KingsleyHouse to give thanks to local families!#PelicansCommunity #SeasonofGiving #NBACares pic.twitter.com/77tWuDmcAW
— Pelicans Community (@PelicansCR) November 19, 2019
John Wall and Bradley Beal hosted a turkey giveaway in D.C. that gave away more than 1,000 turkeys.