Michelle Gooday couldn’t hold back her enthusiasm. Waiting in line to collect food at the Washington Redskins’ 12th annual Harvest Feast presented by Ryan Homes, she and her friend began dancing to “The Temptations” playing over the speakers in the FedExField concourse.
Their joy encapsulated the spirit of an event dedicated to giving back and bringing smiles to 3,000 Prince George’s County families in need.
“I think it’s wonderful,” Gooday said, a member of her children’s school board. “Giving back to the community is a great thing because there are a lot of homeless. As Americans, we help a lot of people but there are a lot of people here that are starving that need help, so it’s a blessing to be able to give back.”
The Redskins Blog caught up with several other families and participants who waited patiently in line Tuesday afternoon to each take home Thanksgiving bags of food, including one of the thousands of turkeys given away.
“I think it’s beautiful. It’s out of this world,” said Sharon Hill, a proud Redskins fan. “I thank the Redskins for this. I was wondering how many other NFL teams do this. I’m blessed. It touches me for them to give every year because I do need that extra.”
Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Maryland’s Governor-elect Larry Hogan, along with Redskins staff and players including Colt McCoy, Alfred Morris, Everette Brown, Shawn Lauvao and Tress Way were joined by more than 500 volunteers bagging and handing out groceries were.
“So many people don’t have anything to eat,” said Pearson, a resident of Prince George’s County. “We never realize what’s going to happen to us next. You live for today but how about tomorrow? Today is a beautiful day, people are here, and it’s a nice atmosphere.”
Caroline Young, flanked by three of her nine grandchildren Tuesday, has come to the Harvest Feast every year since its inception.
“I think it’s great [the Redskins] are giving back to the community, not just a small community, but all of Prince George’s County,” said Young. “Some people might not be able to afford everything. They might just be able to afford the side dishes.”
The giving then extended outside the gates as volunteers assisted families with grocery carts to ease the burden of carrying their Thanksgiving to their cars.
“Whatever help people can get is appreciated,” said Gooday. “I’m hoping they’ll be able to continue to help.”
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