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Redskins Help Thanksgiving Come Early to 3,500 Area Families

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Redskins and volunteers hand out 3,500 Thanksgiving food baskets at FedExField. (Credit: @Redskins)

Redskins and volunteers hand out 3,500 Thanksgiving food baskets at FedExField. (Credit: @Redskins)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – “Turkeys must go!”

That’s what the Redskins’ team page tweeted out during their 11th annual Harvest Fest on Saturday.

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, along with Redskins staff and alumni, and more than 800 volunteers gathered at FedExField to hand out Thanksgiving food baskets, including turkeys provided by Harris Teeter, to 3,500 Prince George’s County families in need.

Among them was retired Navy Sgt. Grant Allen and his family who were selected as the first family to receive a holiday bird and Thanksgiving side dishes, according to the Redskins.

The Redskins said they have gifted more than 864,100 pounds of packaged and fresh food, and 385,500 pounds of turkey to area families in need since 2003.

At this year’s giveaway, the Redskins gifted 103,085 pounds of packaged and fresh food and 42,000 pounds of turkey, the team reports.

Redskins Alfred Morris, Joshua Morgan, Josh Wilson and Nick Sundberg took a break from preparing for the Monday Night Football game versus the San Francisco 49ers to put a smile on a few faces at the event.

The team says FedEx trucks were sent to deliver holiday goodies to families that couldn’t make it to the stadium Saturday.

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