Thanksgiving is different for most families this year due to social distancing and the pandemic, but the help needed for those less fortunate in local communities is greater than ever.
MANNA, a former Eagles Care partner, provides free meals during the Thanksgiving holiday and to raise money the organization holds its biggest fundraiser – Pie in the Sky – at this time every year. MANNA sold 10,000 pies which will result in 1,000 Thanksgiving meals – from the turkey and gravy all the way down to the salad and bread – to families across the Delaware Valley.
The pandemic provided several additional challenges for MANNA to operate the fundraiser this year, but one of the biggest was distribution. MANNA needed places where it could hand out the pies.
On Tuesday, the parking lot at Lincoln Financial Field served as a pick-up location to safely secure the sweet treats that will cap off Thanksgiving meals.
"I think everybody in this city knows The Linc," said MANNA Senior Manager Dan Getman. "It's a landmark, so it's easy to say to people, just come on down here and we're here and we're ready for you."
SWOOP and the Eagles Cheerleaders were on hand to provide a festive atmosphere ahead of the big holiday.
The fundraiser was a success thanks to the support of the local community to ensure that meal services will not be disrupted this holiday season.
"We were so encouraged by the support of this community," Getman said. "Not only did we get rid of all of the pies that we had, but we had a ton of donations just flood in. It was really overwhelming for us."
Here just some examples of how Eagles players got involved this Thanksgiving season: