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Buccaneers offensive line continuing Thanksgiving tradition

Bucs players continuing the trend of helping the community.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

For the 13th time, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive line will participate in “Turkey Time with the O-Line Supported by Publix”.

The event will happen on Monday, November 25th at 4:15PM at the AdventHealth Training Center where select families will benefit from contributions made by Alex Cappa, Demar Dotson, Ryan Jensen, Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith, Zack Bailey, Anthony Fabiano, Jerald Hawkins, Michael Liedtke, Brad Seaton, Aaron Stinnie, Earl Watford, Josh Wells and coaches Harold Goodwin and Joe Gilbert.

In total, the group put together more than $36,000, and is being matched by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation through their Social Justice Fund, and are using those contributions to provide Thanksgiving meals to 1,000 families through the United Way and Buccaneers Academies.

Adding to the event will be the presence of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders, Captain Fear and other team staff members who will help in welcoming the families to receive their food and $20,000 in Publix gift cards contributed by the supporting business themselves.

Some of the food received is also being donated by General Mills, adding to the plethora of people and organizations joining forces to provide a benefit to the community during the holiday season.

This tradition first started in 2007, and this year’s iteration will bring the total number of families served to 9,500 so far. It’s a great event, and a great way for the team and the offensive line specifically, to give back to the Tampa community.

In the midst of another tough season, it’s good to see the players and organization continuing to reach out in meaningful ways across the community. Bucs Nation is here for it, and hopefully, so are you.

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