FORT LAUDERDALE — Miami Dolphins players, alumni, cheerleaders, mascot T.D., staff and Miami Dolphins Women’s Organizations (MDWO) members, in partnership with Publix, took 115 kids from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county partner schools on a grocery shopping spree for Thanksgiving meals at Publix.
“Our partnership with the Dolphins is one of mutual respect and of service to our communities,” said Publix Media and Community Relations Director Maria Brous. “Both South Florida icons are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. We are proud to be co-sponsoring our 11th year of Kids and Fins Publix Shopping Spree.”
Over 115 kids from Gateway Environmental K-8 Learning Center and Nathan B. Young Elementary School in Dade, McNicol Middle Magnet School and Collins Elementary in Broward and Crosspointe Elementary in Palm Beach arrived at Publix to be greeted by a DJ, giant Dolphins inflatable and cornhole.
“It’s great to come out and shop with the kids. You get to go around Publix and pick out some items that they want and it’s been a lot of fun,” said Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. “It feels great. It’s more a benefit to us than it is to the kids to see the smile on their faces and see them have fun while they pick out some items.”
They were treated to dinner provided by Publix, given T-shirts and performed in a dance competition. Each student was then paired with a player, alumni, cheerleader, MDWO member or Dolphins staff and treated to a $100 shopping spree for Thanksgiving goods.
“It’s really really fun because I got to do some shopping for Thanksgiving,” said 9-year-old LeAndra Washington, who went shopping with RB Lamar Miller. “I’m really happy because the Dolphins are my favorite team and I’m really happy because the last game they played they won.”