Dolphins help provide thousands of meals for Thanksgiving

DAVIE – The Miami Dolphins are continuing their long tradition this holiday season by assisting those in need with funds for Thanksgiving meals throughout South Florida.

Ryan Tannehill, left, greets a young fan during the Thanksgiving distribution.(PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIAMI DOLPHINS)
Ryan Tannehill, left, greets a young fan during the Thanksgiving distribution.
(PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIAMI DOLPHINS)

In all, more than 10,000 people benefited from this year’s Thanksgiving meals distribution from Homestead through Miami Gardens and in Davie.

“This is a great event that we’ve been doing for a number of years here in South Florida. It starts with the leadership of our owner Stephen Ross, who gives us every resource to be successful on the field and encourages us to give back to the community,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum said.

In the lead-up to the holiday, Dolphins alumni, cheerleaders and staff made visits throughout Miami-Dade County to schools and community centers in Miami Gardens, Hialeah, West Miami, Little Havana and Liberty City. 

Kenyan Drake pushes a cart with items to help a family have a good holiday.
Kenyan Drake pushes a cart with items to help a family have a good holiday.

“On behalf of the thousands of Miami-Dade residents impacted by their Thanksgiving distribution efforts, I thank Steve Ross and the Dolphins for all they do,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. “From delivering Super Bowls to delivering turkeys, the Dolphins are great community partners that know how to win both on and off the field.”

500 meals distributed
The Dolphins players, Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization members and mascot TD also partnered with Hyundai, Publix Super Markets and Feeding South Florida to distribute 500 Thanksgiving meals to local families in South Florida. The meals were purchased by the players, the coaching staff and Hyundai.

“We wanted to do our part to make Thanksgiving a little better for families in need in South Florida,” Hyundai Motor America Experiential Marketing Senior Group Manager Trea Reedy said.

“The Dolphins are very active in supporting their community and we were delighted to join them in distributing Thanksgiving meals.”

The families were pre-selected by Feeding South Florida from 50 nonprofit partner agencies.

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