Miami Heat dish out meals to 600 families during 32nd annual Thanksgiving celebration

MIAMI – Miami Heat players did more than dish out baskets on Wednesday. The organization hosted its 32nd annual Heat Thanksgiving Celebration and assisted over 600 underprivileged families.

A Local 10 News crew was there as Miami Heat President Pat Riley, Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, center Bam Adebayo and forward Jimmy Butler were seen talking to guests and providing them with hot meals right before the holidays.

The entire organization, including multiple Heat players and staff members, attended the event.

All residents of the Greater Miami area were invited, but the event was especially meaningful for a select group of approximately 600 underprivileged families.

Each handpicked family received a complete Thanksgiving meal; replete with a turkey, canned goods, side items and beverages.

The reach of this year’s celebration extended well beyond Miami’s Overtown/Wynwood area to help touch those in need in communities such as Little Havana, Little Haiti, Liberty City, Kendall, Homestead and as far north as Lauderdale Lakes.

The Miami Rescue Mission (MRM) is an organization that provides various services to the homeless and those in need throughout Miami-Dade County.

Click here to hear more information about their organization and how to donate.

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Will Manso came back home to South Florida when he joined Local 10 in March of 1999. During his time here, Will has kept busy by working in sports, news and he's even dabbled in entertainment. He is now Local 10's sports director and also enjoys the chance to serve as host for special shows on Local 10.

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