“I can recall seeing Ben have a drive-through distribution, and they were providing meals. It was awesome to see people giving back. But it’s a record number of people who need help. Who would have every thought we would be in this position? We have to keep fighting through it. We have to keep being there for each other.” — Cam Heyward.
From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:
Thanksgiving in 2020 might not look anything like what families have become accustomed to over the years.
While it will still be a time for counting our blessings, it will likely be with much smaller gatherings than have been the case in years past.
But regardless of the size of the gathering, there are still families struggling to put food on the table, something that has been the case through the years, but hitting new levels this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tradition of @steelers giving back to the community through holiday meal distributions continues.
Though he wasn't able to be there due to COVID-19 regulations, @CamHeyward ensured families had holiday meals through a drive-up meal distribution with @PghFoodBank on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/O387CHfoAh
— Steelers Community Relations (@SteelersCR) November 18, 2020
That is why Steelers players have continued to do their part to give back, including Cameron Heyward, Maurkice Pouncey, James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster. The players combined with local agencies to provide turkeys and Thanksgiving meals to more than 950 families in Pittsburgh, Erie, Pa. and Long Beach, California.
Because of the pandemic the players weren’t able to be on hand for the distributions, something Heyward and Pouncey have always done in the past, but they know the most important thing is everyone being able to safely get what they need during such a tough time.
Pouncey has been working with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank since 2012, providing over 1,600 turkeys over the years. Since he couldn’t be there, he and the others provided prerecorded video messages for the recipients of the food, sharing their love and good wishes to the families.
You can read more here.
“There has always been a need to reach out and help. There have always been people who are struggling and in need of food and especially during these times, people who have normally been okay have found themselves in difficult situations. It was a blessing that the people in Pittsburgh have focused on what the needs in the city are and how we can meet them. We’re thankful for Convoy of Hope because that is their mission, to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. We’re just happy to be able to partner with them to feed families in need, the people who wouldn’t normally go to food banks or have those same connections can still go to these distributions and be fed through alternative ways. We are just happy to be able to help do that.” — Ashley Roethlisberger, June 2020.
Hoping you have a safe & Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!