Load up the trucks and deliver those turkeys!
The dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation’s annual turkey giveaway drew some much-needed helping hands over the weekend. Boxing Hall of Famer Teddy Atlas, of course, was joined by the College of Staten Island baseball team at the foundation’s West Brighton headquarters — where they teamed up to package and deliver 1,500 turkeys and trimmings to Staten Islanders in need.
Coach Mike Mauro and his Dolphins players have helped the cause for the past 15 years and once again had all hands on deck on Saturday. The turkeys and sides were packaged and delivered to local schools, parishes, food pantries, non-profit organizations, and residents in need throughout the borough.
The baseball team, as part of its annual tradition since 2008, braved the cold and was up bright and early on Saturday morning. Atlas was also joined by the foundation’s executive director Sharon Curry, and other community contributors. The giveaway was sponsored by Borough President Vito Fossella, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Bill Fani at Met Foods, Stefanie Shuman at Stop & Shop, and Kevin Mannix and family from Shoprite.
“This is important so people in need can have a traditional dinner, but perhaps the greatest value is to have friends and relatives together on Thanksgiving, so they can feel like a family,” said Atlas.
“It’s an honor to help people in need in our community. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to do this under the Atlas name,” added Mauro. “I am so proud of my players and I love the compassion they show towards other people.”