MIAMI — Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat and his Team Tomorrow foundation served pre-Thanksgiving dinner at the Chapman Partnership Homeless Assistance Center in Miami. Divine Delicacies donated their signature Specialty Cake for desert and The Frieze served “Bosh Frieze Frenzy” ice cream in the family resource center.
The Nov. 20 activity marked the second year that Bosh and Team Tomorrow teamed with Chapman Partnership to feed Miami families for Thanksgiving.
Team Tomorrow was founded in 2010 by the National Basketball Association star to support community based organizations that promote the upliftment of children, families and the community. The athlete’s foundation sponsors projects and community based events in partnership with sponsors, donors, business leaders, outreach programs, celebrities, athletes and non-profit organizations. Chapman Partnership operates two homeless assistance centers with 800 beds in Miami and Homestead.
Bosh’s was among myriad Thanksgiving service efforts throughout South Florida. The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the students of Devon Aire K-8 Center collaborated to help needy families in Homestead prepare a memorable Thanksgiving meal.
The chapter and partner school collected a truckload of canned food items, desserts and holiday essentials. The Alphas’ Bro. Brian Davis, a teacher at Devon Aire, helped to organize the event, to which more than $3,000 in food items were donated, to more than 60 Thanksgiving baskets distributed to families whose children attend Leisure City K-8 Center.
Elsewhere, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, in conjunction with several local organizations, provided many needy residents throughout District 1 with a turkey and goods for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Joined by music mogul Ted Lucas, Commissioner Jordan visited four homes in Northwest Miami-Dade County and was greeted by grateful residents.
“The Ted Lucas Foundation stepped up to the plate and provided turkeys, canned goods, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other trimmings for a grand Thanksgiving meal,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Ted is a young man who grew up in District 1 and hasn’t forgotten about his community. He returns every year to ensure that his neighbors can enjoy a wonderful holiday season.”
Commissioner Jordan and Lucas also addressed students at North County Elementary School whose families were in need of food assistance. They were joined by Sebastian Mikael, one of Lucas’ breakout music artists from Sweden.
Throughout the day, more than 600 turkeys were distributed to churches, community organizations and the elderly at the Landmark facility in Northwestern Miami-Dade County. “It feels good to be a blessing to others,” said Commissioner Jordan. “During this season of giving, I am hoping that everyone extends a helping hand to those less fortunate.”