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Needy Families Get a 'Giant' Thanksgiving Gift

Shaun Rogers of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants helps hand out free turkeys in Fort Greene.

It was a star-studded night at Ingersoll Community Center.

Shaun Rogers, a defensive tackle for the New York Giants, joined defensive lineman Shaun Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs and rapper Fabolous to help hand out free turkeys to needy families.

"It's a great thing for our community," said Ken Joseph, who came to Thursday's event to represent his union, NYSCOPBA. "We need to give back."

Despite an injury that kept him from joining his Super Bowl-winning team on the field this season, Rogers was front-and-center helping young volunteers like Dwayne, 14, pass off Thanksgiving turkeys to people waiting in line at the community center's gym.

Coordinated by the office of Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Brooklyn, the event gave away more than 50 turkeys, according to an organizer.

Hip-hop pioneer Ralph McDaniels, University Settlement, LAUNT Clothing, 4Real Doe Entertainment, Walk In My Shoez Foundation, Charlene Thomas, Wondagroup Media, Brickface Clothing, Hillary Weston, Blak Republik Inc. and Beverly Monroe, Inc. also sponsored the event.

Aja Worthy-Davis November 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Yesterday's event was focused on public housing, however (as is the case every year), turkeys are made available in our district office for those in need.
Joe Gonzalez November 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Thanks to City Councilmember Tish James for showing some love to the NYCHA set by helping to organize the food giveaway. Tish James you did us proud!
Joe Joe November 17, 2012 at 05:17 PM
The picture caption is sooo wrong. Fablous WAS NOT at the event but was suppose to show up. (wack ass) . but thanks to Mama Jones for showing up.
BQE November 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I noticed the article stated "more than 50 turkeys" not 50 only. I was also present and it was close to 200 given out. However, it's not the amount it's the thought. It is commendable when persons take the time out to help others and if everyone took the time to just help one person and not criticize or cast blame, we would be a lot further as a society. Helping someone else other than yourself is priceless.

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