Giving thanks

Posted Nov 26, 2013

A few Bengals chipped in at the Freestore Foodbank's Thanksgiving Holiday Food Distribution.

Brandon Tate and Margus Hunt help out at the Freestore Foodbank on Tuesday.

One Bengal pulled double duty on Tuesday of Thanksgiving week when linebacker Vinny Rey surfaced at downtown Cincinnati's Freestore Foodbank at about 9 a.m. before moving on to assist Meals on Wheels later in the morning.
At the Freestore Foodbank, Rey joined wide receiver Brandon Tate and two rookies getting indoctrinated to a Bengals tradition, defensive end Margus Hunt and offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson.

They loaded carts with turkeys and other food for a holiday meal at Freestore's Customer Connection Center in Over-the-Rhine.
“Holidays are a special time,” Freestore Foodbank's Sarah Cook said. “Holidays are also one of the most challenging times of the year for children and families in need. We truly appreciate the support of the Bengals in helping to give the gift of hope to those who need it most this holiday season.”

Rey and the Bengals are supporters of the Freestore Foodbank throughout the year. Rey works with the rubber duck regatta fundraiser as well as reaching out during the Christmas season.

The Freestore Foodbank closes at 7 p.m. Tuesday and reopens Wednesday from 8 a.m.-noon. During the first day of Thanksgiving Holiday Food Distribution, Freestore Foodbank supplied a holiday meal to 3,187 households and 8,037 people.

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