On Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive line conducted the sixth annual “Turkey Time with the O-Line” event at team headquarters, distributing bountiful Thanksgiving meals to 700 families in need. Turkey Time drew a lot of local attention, as well it should, but it wasn’t the only instance of a Buccaneer player helping out those in need this week as the holiday season begins.
Davin Joseph, who was one of the original founders of the Turkey Time initiative in 2006 and who still is a driving force in that ever-growing event, was eager to help out folks back in his hometown, as well. Therefore, he hustled down to Hallandale, Florida on Monday to once again host a Thanksgiving reception, something he has also been doing for six straight years. With the help of “Davin’s Dream Team,” Joseph helped 150 Hallandale families have a more enjoyable and filling Thanksgiving.
DE Michael Bennett also made a quick trip back to his hometown before the Bucs’ started their practice week on Wednesday, though he had a bit farther to go. With his brother, TE Martellus Bennett of the New York Giants, also returning to their Houston-area home, the Buccaneer sack leader helped distribute supplies to more families in need.
“We gave out turkey dinners to 150 families, giving back to the community and all the people we grew up with,” said Bennett. “A lot of families came out and we had a lot of support in the community back home.”
WR Arrelious Benn, a D.C. native, stayed in his adopted NFL home to help the community, teaming with Whole Foods and the Community Stepping Stones organization to identify Bay area families that could use some holiday aid. On Tuesday, Benn, who comes from a single-parent home, personally delivered complete packaged dinners to four families to make their Thanksgivings more festive.