Petersburg, VA, December 01, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- This Thanksgiving, Kendall Langford wasn’t able to make it home for the holiday. Instead, Langford and his Dolphins teammates were 1,300 miles away, battling the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL Thanksgiving Day thriller. The logistics were complicated, but they didn’t deter Langford. Determined to give back to his community anyway, Kendall teamed with members of his church, Bethany Baptist, and donated 200 turkeys to deserving families in Petersburg, VA.
“I knew I couldn’t get home for the holiday, but I still wanted to give thanks by helping others. Being able to give deserving families a turkey for Thanksgiving Day was a way for me to make a difference,” said Langford, a graduate of Petersburg High School.
Bethany Baptist Church, which feeds needy individuals year round on Sundays, was the perfect place to host the event. With assistance from his parents, Bethany Baptist volunteers, and additional help from Petersburg Parks & Recreation, Langford arranged a turkey giveaway. Just two days before Thanksgiving, Ardee and Calvin Langford, along with Mayor Brian Moore, and city spokeswoman Joanne Williams handed out 200 turkeys to pre-selected families and individuals on Kendall’s behalf. Langford, whose free youth football camp kicked off this year in Miami, also donated a few signed footballs to be given to some lucky children.
“It was a great start. My hope is that next year will be even better. Who knows, maybe we will be able to donate the entire meal or go from 200 turkeys to 500,” said Langford. In a city with a median household income of roughly $35,000 and 17.8% of the population living below poverty, Kendall’s effort surely brightened the holiday for many.
Numerous people came together to make this event a true success. Heartfelt thanks go out to everyone at Bethany Baptist Church, Joanne Williams, Petersburg Parks & Recreation, and the amazing team at the Petersburg Wal-Mart (Angel Allen and Simon & Tonya Jackson) who assisted with the purchase and delivery of the turkeys.