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Nets players working with communities to feed the hungry on Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again ... the season when the Nets and their players devote themselves to the giving spirit of the holidays. And the Nets would like their fans to join in.

On Saturday, starting at 4:30 p.m. through halftime of the Nets-Clippers game, fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable goods to a collection point outside Starbucks on the arena plaza. Everyone who brings three or more items will be entered into a raffle to win autographed Nets prizes, which will be announced during the second half.

The food will go to the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

Also, before and after their back-to-back this weekend, the Nets players will head out to a number of sites around the metro area, both helping out and providing kids and their families with turkey and the fixin’s.

On Sunday, November 18, Jarrett Allen will take 25 children from Brooklyn on a shopping spree at Key Food in Clinton Hill. Allen will help provide the kids and their families with a Thanksgiving meal and will teach the kids about math and budgeting by helping them tally their costs throughout the store. It’s become an annual event for the Nets sophomore.

Additionally, on Sunday, Nets player and Newark-native, Kenneth Faried, will host a Thanksgiving event with Mayor Ras Baraka to distribute hot meals and Thanksgiving essentials, including turkeys, cranberry sauce and stuffing, to 120 families at a Newark-area Salvation Army.

The Brooklyn Nets organization is also supporting the Brooklyn Borough President’s Thanksgiving turkey drive by helping distribute meals to Brooklyn families in-need on Friday afternoon...

Here are the details for those interested...

Sunday, November 18; 3:00-4:00pm, Brooklyn

Food Shopping Spree with Jarrett Allen

Key Food Supermarket

492 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Sunday, November 18; 3:30-7:00pm, Newark

Nets player Kenneth Faried to distribute Thanksgiving essentials to 120 families with Mayor Ras Baraka

The Salvation Army

699 Springfield Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103

Last year, after he led a similar excursion at Key Food, Allen described his rationale.

“The importance I show (by doing this) is that we’re more than basketball players. We actually care about what’s going on in the community and in the world.”

Just as we did last year, NetsDaily plans to cover the Brooklyn event.