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Brooklyn Nets help hurricane victims, needy at Thanksgiving

Brooklyn Nets

Nets players and coaches, Deron Williams and his family and Barclays Center employees helped out Brooklyn's neediest in a series of Thanksgiving dinners and events.

Before leaving for California, the team, working with Key Food, a team sponsor, and the Food Bank for New York City, served an early Thanksgiving dinner last week. The players served a holiday meal to community members at St. John’s Bread & Life, located at 795 Lexington Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

Two days later, Deron Williams, his wife Amy, oldest daughter Denae and family friend Jisset Pena (who's also Brett Yormark's executive assistant) served meals at Neighbors Together in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. It's part of D-Will's Point of Hope Foundation effort.

Then earlier this week, the Nets and Barclays Center invited 100 victims of Hurricane Sandy who hailed from Red Hook and Canarsie in Brooklyn and the Rockaways in Queens to dinner at the arena's 40/40 Club. The group, hosted by Yormark, was then treated to the Indiana vs. Georgetown game at the arena.

Said one mother, "I am so emotional because … we probably won’t have Thanksgiving this year. There’s no Thanksgiving because we don’t have a home, and there might not even be Christmas because we don’t even have anywhere to go."

At the St. John's event, talked to the Nets about what they liked about Thanksgiving Dinner, particularly the food. No surprise. Gerald Wallace is a meat-and-potatoes guy.