In the spirit of giving, Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye and 2008 NBA champion Leon Powe helped sort and pack 100 meal bags, filled with several Thanksgiving goodies, that will be distributed to local families in need for the upcoming holiday.
Ojeleye and Powe were joined by volunteers from the TD Bank community crew as well as members of the United Service Organizations on Tuesday afternoon. The group assembled several totes, featuring food items like potatoes, onions, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, stuffing, cornbread mix, gravy, beans, and rice. Their efforts were a part of a larger initiative, the 19th annual Thanksgiving Project by United Way, that will deliver meals to over 7,000 families.
“I think we’re doing a great thing here, just trying to encourage people in the holidays that might be having a tough time,” said Ojeleye, whose favorite thing to eat at Thanksgiving is rice prepared by his mother.
For Ojeleye, and many others, the holiday is also a time of reflection. The 23-year-old is in the midst of his second season with the Celtics and says he’s currently prioritizing winning a championship over personal goals.
“Whatever I can to help this team is what I’m going to do,” Ojeleye said. “I’m trying to get better each day and take one day at a time.”