A Spirit Of Thanksgiving

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: November 24, 2009

SEATTLE (BASN) — The NBA All-Star Game voting has already begun and here are a few guys that will be getting my vote.

Chalk up another assist for the Boston Celtics Ray Allen. His “Ray of Hope” Foundation will be providing a Thanksgiving Day meal for 275 families with all the fixings.

The dinner will consist of Turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, russet potatoes, salad, green beans, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and beverages served with love.

Allen isn’t the type of athlete that only gives back to the community but he’s a participant as well.

The Ray of Hope Foundation is always looking for ways to provide assistance to those that need it most.

My other All-Star vote goes to the Denver Nuggets’ Kenyon Martin.

He helped the Denver Rescue Mission get one step close to reaching their goal of reaching 6,000 turkeys. Safeway also assisted K-Mart by donating an additional $2,500 to the Denver Rescue Mission’s turkey drive.

Tony Allen hosted a pre-Thanksgiving Day event on Monday morning for a group of students at Timilty Middle School students.

As a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors degree in education, Tony incorporated math and the life lesson of budgeting into his donation.

Tony met with the 15 students at a local supermarket to go grocery shopping for all of the fixings of a Thanksgiving meal.

Each student received $100.00 and a budget sheet to keep track of what he/she was spending.

The 15 students from Timilty Middle School were made up of children living with single mothers that are below the poverty line and eligible for free lunch at the school.

The Atlanta Hawks’ Josh Smith will host a charity dinner at Phillips Arena for “My Sister’s House” which is a women’s shelter located in Atlanta.

The invitation will be extended to the women and children of “My Sister’s House” as well as the employees.

His mother, Paulette Smith, who is a cooking show host and gospel singer, will be serving Thanksgiving dinner at Josh’s house on Wednesday afternoon.

The Hawks have a game on Thanksgiving, so she’s inviting all of Josh’s teammates to join them.

Steve Blake of the Portland Trail Blazers doesn’t have a game on Thanksgiving so he will be able to spend Thanksgiving at his parent’s home in Oregon with his wife and kids.

After dinner his parents will host their second annual “Neighborhood Thanksgiving Dessert Party” where more than 60 of their neighbors will come over for dessert and drinks to tip off the holiday season.