Players feed the hungry
Editor's note: Post staff writer Hamil Harris covered yesterday's food distribution at the D.C. Armory.
The Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors helped to distribute 26 tractor trailor loads of food, clothes, personal items and toys during a massive holiday giveaway sponsored by the NBA Players Association and Feed The Children.
"It is good to come out and want to give back because God has blessed you, " said Washington Wizards Center Brendon Haywood as he passed out turkey's with Wizards Assistant Coach Wes Unseld Jr.
Tony Sellers, spokesman for Feed the Children, said this was the seventh year they have partnered with the players association to give out food to needy families.
"Every year we pick one city, we decided to come to the nation's capital this year because we have a new administration in the White House and a new attitude," Sellers said. "We worked with agencies in the D.C. government to find people in need.
From elderly grandmothers to single fathers, many of the people in line had no idea that they were targets for a charitable boost until they got a call this week telling them to report to the D.C. Armory to pick up a voucher for a grocery cart full of items.
"This is a blessing I didn't know anything about this until someone knocked on my door last night," said Elizabeth Hugee from SE. "It has been rough I have a child with special needs."
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty took note of the fact that the Dec. 3 event took place on the birthday of Abe Pollin, the longtime owner of the Wizards who died on Nov. 24.
"This is the biggest turkey and coat drive that I have ever seen in my life," Fenty said. "The NBA players association wanted to ... dedicate this drive to Abe Pollin, who as the owner of the Wizards and the Capitals ... spent his entire adult career giving back to this city and people less fortunate."
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