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Celebrities and Detroit pro athletes hand out Thanksgiving turkeys in Cody Rouge Neighborhood

November 26 2013 | no comments

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People lined up by the dozens on this cold morning for a free turkey and thanksgiving sides. They also received a dose of celebrity during the event on Detroit’s west side.

Actor and comedian Mike Epps was part of the All-Star Giveaway at Don Bosco Hall. His arrival created a stir and Epps greeted many of those those in line with handshakes and hugs.

“Detroit’s such a beautiful, resilient city,  man,  and you know we can’t let the crime riddle us, take away the joy of the city, so we gotta keep the spirit in it,” said Epps, who will perform two shows on Saturday at the Fox Theater

Detroit is home to Big Sean. The rapper, whose real name is Sean Michael Anderson, grew up at 6 mile and Wyoming. He’s back to spend the holiday here.

“It’s nice to beat my mom’s house and kicking it and she’s right here with me,” Big Sean told Detroit 2020.  “We’re just giving back any way we can, so this turkey giveaway is an awesome way, it feels good.”

Boxing champ Thomas Hearns also turned out for the All-Star Giveback along with former Detroit Lions Herman Moore and Ron Rice and former NBA All-Star Derrick Coleman.

Organizers expect 30,000 meals are being provided for residents for the Thanksgiving holiday.

86 year-old Ruth Jones didn’t come for herself—but to help others.

“I’m just a Christian person,” Jones said.  “I go get this food. I ain’t got no baby. I’m getting this to give to somebody else that ain’t able to walk, don’t have a car, no way to go get nothing.”

Roxanne Miller said the food she picked up today will make her holiday.

“Some people can’t make month to month, can’t do holidays so this is a good way to help people that can’t afford to buy extra food, so I’m enjoying it,” she said. “I’m going to cook my turkey and have a good meal.”




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