Dolphins distribute 500 Thanksgiving meals to needy families


Gratitude was flowing both ways Wednesday – from players to citizens, and from citizens to players — when the Dolphins hosted their annual Thanksgiving meal distribution at Nova Southeastern University.

Players and coaches teamed with the Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization and Publix to distribute 500 meals to needy families. The food was purchased by the players and coaches. The families were selected by Feeding South Florida.

Each meal serves seven to eight people and includes a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, marshmallow delight and cranberry-orange relish.

“It’s a special moment that the team is helping out the community and looking out for the community each year,” said one dinner recipient. “I just thank them from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate everything they do and wish them much love and success.”

“Certainly I love to give to the community and help people that are less fortunate,” he said. “I’ve always felt that way. I understand … you can never lose sight of how fortunate we are to be in this.

“All of us get paid to coach and play a kids game, and to be able to give back to people that are struggling feels good.”

Dolphins players said they appreciate the opportunity to get involved with fans.

“Any time I have the a chance to give back, I try to give back,” strong safety Reshad Jones said. “I think this is a great opportunity to come out here with your brothers and give back to the community.”

As usual, veteran players loaded the boxed turkey dinners in carts, and the rookies had to take the carts out to the cars of the families.

“Rookies gotta make the trip,” Jones said with a smile.

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