Several members of the Chiefs certainly got into the holiday spirit on Tuesday.
Defensive backs Eric Berry, Quintin Demps, Kendrick Lewis, Husain Abdullah, Marcus Cooper, Malcolm Bronson and Vernon Kearney teamed up with volunteers from the Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation and others to load baskets of food into trucks and trailers belonging to local non-profit organizations. The baskets will go to local families in need.
“I come from a place where I didn't see that many people give back to my community, so being able to help out in any way that I can is a big thing for me,” Cooper said.
Safety Kendrick Lewis agreed.
“It means a lot, because there's a lot of people in the community who are less fortunate who may not have a home, who may not have a family,” Lewis said.
The Chiefs have funded the Thanksgiving food drive since 1992. In that time, more than 18,200 families have been fed as a direct result of the initiative. According to Chiefs community relations manager Chuck Castellano, several players also donated money to purchase the food this year, a tradition former Chiefs star Derrick Thomas helped establish.
“It's a big deal to me, just because a lot of my dad's career was dedicated to helping people out and improving people's lives around the Kansas City-area,” said Thomas' 23-year old son, Derrion, who was also in attendance. “It was a big deal to him, so it really hits home when people come out and help or extend what he wanted to do.”