Thanks to the generosity of a former NFL player and local charities, many low-income Adelanto families received groceries just in time for Christmas. Turk McBride, a defensive end who played with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, and Chicago Bears, donated $10,000 to the cause through his Aim High youth organization.

According to an interview with the Daily Press, McBride has “coordinated about 20 such food drives since his days at the University of Tennessee and primarily supporting urban areas and where he grew up in New Jersey.” McBride said his recent retirement from the NFL “gave me a chance to … really be involved with other great people as well.”

Aimee Hines from Another Level for Women was the lead coordinator for the food giveaway. In what could be called a “Christmas miracle,” with help from her contacts and other resources, the $10,000 was multiplied to provide groceries for one week for 1,000 of the lowest income Adelanto students and their families.

The families were selected by the Adelanto School District to participate. Students were given vouchers for their families to fill out and bring with them to the event.

The food giveaway took place at Maverick’s Stadium. McBride was on hand to mingle with the families, help with the food distribution, and offer encouragement. The families were quick to show their appreciation to McBride with hugs and thanks.

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