Eagles wideout Alshon Jeffery helps pass out free Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need

Mike Dougherty
November 20, 2018 - 10:07 pm
Alshon Jeffery Turkey Hand Out

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Families lined up outside Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia on Tuesday evening to pick up a free Thanksgiving dinner, and there was a big bird passing them out. 

Catching a pigskin has been the meal ticket for Alshon Jeffery. Now, the Eagles wide receiver is distributing the goods to people in need, following in the footsteps of his grandmother.

"In the neighborhood, anyone that she knew or seen, she always welcomed them and gave them a plate," Jeffery said. "I think it's only right for me to do the same thing."

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Jamila and her daughter bundled up and waited in line to pick up their dinner.

"I'm getting lucky," Jamila said. "I'm getting a free turkey and that's about $15 or $30 off my bill, so I appreciate it."

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Making sure bellies are full is a priority at Tilden. Philabundance runs a food pantry out of the school all year round. Brian Johnson is the principal.

"You don't really know how in need certain families are until you see them at an event like this," said Johnson, "and they say to you 'thank you, Mr. Johnson, we really needed this. This came right in time.'"

Johnson says every student is eligible for a take home turkey dinner, which feeds up to eight people. If a family has more than one student, they can freeze it and use it later.