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Alonzo Mourning distributes holiday meals as part of '33 Thanksgivings'

Published On: Nov 19 2012 03:29:52 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 20 2012 01:01:04 AM EST
MIAMI -

Former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning held his 12th annual "33 Thanksgivings," where he provides meals to South Florida families in need.

Mourning and his foundation gave more than 600 families Thanksgiving meals at the Overtown Youth Center on Monday.

"I'd rather see the children have a good holiday," said Christina Sanford, who received a meal.

"This is a tremendous occasion and what they're doing is helping the community and it's a blessing," said L.T. Edwards, another recipient.

Each family received a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry orange relish, and ice tea.

The initial event fed 33 families but has since grown.

"So, the families that are here, average income is $15,000 per family. Many of them are struggling, trying to make ends meet," said Mourning. "We dropped off 90 meals over there because there's a lot of dialysis patients and families who are -- can't afford a meal for the holidays."

Mourning's foundation partners with UPS and Publix for the event.