Saying “we are blessed to be able to do it,” Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and several players handed out 3,500 Thanksgiving food baskets to Prince George’s County families in need during the team’s 11th Annual Harvest Feast on Saturday at FedEx Field.
Running back Alfred Morris and several other players joined a number of former players and community groups in distributing the food. As he gave out turkeys, Morris said, “I have been in plenty lines like this growing up. I always said once I got out I would always give back.”
Among those receiving food were retired Air Force Sergeant Grant Allen, his wife and their young children. Allen said he has struggled to put together a new life outside the Air Force because civilian jobs are hard to find.
“When I was serving in the military I thought my transition to civilian life would be a walk in the park,” Allen said. “There are so many things in terms of employment and finding housing but I understand this is a different time from when I joined the military. The obligations are different.”
Allen, who was stationed at Joint Base Andrews, said “it was blessing” that he got a call from the Prince Georges Department of Social Services notifying him that this family had been selected.
“We do appreciate the Redskins for their partnership and being part of the community,” said Andrea Harrison (D-Springdale), Chairwoman of the Prince George’s County Council.“We have many people in the county we call the working poor, they just need a little assistance. This is an opportunity to give them something to make their holiday season a little brighter.”
Cornerback Josh Wilson, a graduate of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, said, “This is literally my neighbors. Giving back to these people is giving back to myself. These people raised me. This was me at one point. I used to sell chicken fingers and hot dogs in the stadium. It’s humbling.”