Vikings’ McKinnie Hosts Big Mac Thanksgiving Dinner & Turkey Toss

Offensive Tackle Teams Up with McDonald’s and Sir Speedy to Feed Homeless Children and their Families at People Serving People Shelter.

Minneapolis, MN, November 17, 2007 --( Bryant McKinnie of the Minnesota Vikings will soon be serving up a Thanksgiving holiday treat for People Serving People (614 South 3rd Street), Minnesota’s largest emergency shelter.

McKinnie, whose 6’8” 335 lb frame has earned him the nickname “Big Mac,” has brought aboard the McDonald’s corporation for this charitable event. The local McDonald’s restaurants of Minneapolis/ St. Paul are providing Big Mac dinners to the shelter along with a special appearance by the fast-food chain’s renowned icon Ronald McDonald. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 21, beginning at 6:00pm.

McKinnie and Ronald McDonald will be serving Big Mac dinners to the homeless families and children at the shelter. Afterwards, McKinnie and the children will participate in a game of “turkey toss,” in which they will throw footballs into goals the children are decorating as turkeys. During the evening, McKinnie will also be giving away Minnesota Vikings’ memorabilia and autographing game photos donated by Sir Speedy printers.

In addition to the dinner and activities on Wednesday, McKinnie will be donating an original leather wallet with Minnesota Vikings insignia for the auction at People Serving People’s “Welcome Home” gala taking place Saturday, November 17.

McKinnie, a star offensive tackle, has been a driving force in clearing the path for running back Adrian Peterson who set the NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards against San Diego two weeks ago.

Donations for the shelter include Big Mac meals provided by Minneapolis/ St. Paul McDonald’s restaurants, photographs printed by Sir Speedy on 701 4th Avenue South in Minneapolis, and sports memorabilia provided by the Minnesota Vikings football organization.

About People Serving People:
In operation for over 25 years, People Serving People houses more than 350 people each night. The average age of the person staying at PSP is seven years old. The face of homelessness is the face of a child. PSP's mission is to serve homeless children and families and provide new opportunities for healthy, stable family life. PSP fulfills this mission by offering on-site services like a licensed daycare center, Minneapolis Public Schools, a Healthcare Clinic and 15 other collaborating agencies in order to stabilize and reconnect families with their community.

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