DAVIE – With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the Dolphins gave back to the community on Monday afternoon by partnering with Hyundai to give 500 Thanksgiving meals to South Florida families.
Each meal contained turkey, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, marshmallow delight and cranberry-orange relish, fashioned to serve 7-8 people. Recipients of meals provided by Publix were pre-selected by Feeding South Florida from 50 nonprofit partner agencies.
Players, coaches, T.D. the Dolphins, Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization, and the Hyundai staff distributed meals to South Florida residents chosen to participate in the program. Players also took the time to pose for photographs with many of the families in attendance.
Dolphins’ defensive end Cameron Wake was among the many players present for Monday’s event, and he was grateful for the opportunity to serve the South Florida community with his teammates.
“Usually for most of the week we’re focusing on playing the game that we love, but there’s so much more that goes on in this community, it’s bigger than football,” Wake said. “When you get the time to step away from the game and focus on things that matter – like the less fortunate – doing whatever you can for the people that cheer you on and seeing the smiles on their faces with your brothers, it’s a tremendous honor and we’re having a lot of fun at the same time.”
In addition to visiting numerous schools, hospitals and community centers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties throughout the year, the Dolphins efforts to prevent hunger during the holidays are palpable. They’ve distributed Publix gift cards and turkeys to feed more than 1,500 families throughout South Florida. Dolphins’ staff and Players past and present also took 125 students shopping for their Thanksgiving meals at Publix.