CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen helped hand out 500 baskets of food to help Charlotte families in need celebrate Thanksgiving.
A man who got a meal said this is one Thanksgiving he'll never forget.
Olsen pulled up to the Charlotte Rescue Mission Thursday afternoon in the passenger seat of a Coca-Cola truck to help others around the holidays.
“You realize there's a lot of people, things we take for granted, being with our families, having good meals, shelter over our heads, that's not the norm for everyone,” Olsen said.
Olsen and Coca-Cola Consolidated' delivered 500 baskets of food for people like Kevin Jenkins who's getting back on his feet.
“I've been here for approximately 90 days and you'd be amazed at the amount of education we receive, the care, the time, the attention,” resident Kevin Jenkins said.
He signed autographs but Olsen wants families to know he's not just a football player, he's their neighbor.
“Oh my God, that was awesome,” Jenkins said. “It was truly a privilege.”
Seeing this sincere generosity was even more impressive.
“Help is an understatement,” Jenkins said. “Mere words can't express. They all come together to help people (from) different walks of life. It's all about giving back.”
Coca-Cola Consolidated also made a surprise $25,000 donation to help support the work of the Charlotte Rescue Mission.
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