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Team ESPN brings Thanksgiving to local community

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Monday’s wind chill at the Southington, Conn. drive-in was in the single digits, but Thanksgiving warmth was evident as 100 Team ESPN volunteers helped distribute turkeys and all the fixings for 400 local families.

The annual event, coordinated by the town’s Community Services department, is popular with ESPN volunteers according to Don Brooks, Corporate Outreach program manager. Brooks said ESPN employees enjoy engaging directly with the community members in need of assistance.

“Team ESPN volunteers unloaded trucks, sorted and organized the food and then loaded the recipients’ cars with enough food for a Thanksgiving meal,” Brooks said.

The event is just one in a series of volunteer opportunities for ESPN’s “50 Days of Thanks and Giving” which features food and toy drives.

Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback stopped by the daylong event to thank the volunteers.

“Having a great corporate citizen like ESPN benefits our community and those in need,” Brumback said. “We couldn’t do it without the support of volunteers and we are grateful to have ESPN behind this project.”

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