Magic, Coalition for Homeless team up for Thanksgiving meal

More than 800 homeless to be fed holiday breakfast

ORLANDO, Fla. - More than 800 homeless men, women and children sat down together for a holiday meal, thanks to local volunteers, the Orlando Magic and the Coalition for the Homeless.

Magic players such as Jameer Nelson, dancers and more familiar faces served up breakfast favorites to the needy on Thursday morning in downtown Orlando. The event started at 8 a.m. and volunteers started preparing for the meal at 3 a.m. on Thursday.

The coalition had 150 pounds of sausage, 50 gallons of orange juice, 50 gallons of milk, 50 gallons of grits and more than 300 dozen eggs.

Nelson told Local 6 he brought his 11-year-old son along for an important life lesson.

"One thing is to not take things for granted," Nelson said. "This means more to help people out and to give what you have to help people at least for a day."

Fresh off a win for the Magic Coach Jacque Vaughn is more than happy to spend his Thanksgiving morning giving back to the fans.

"The win helped, that will make the turkey taste better today!" Vaughn said.

General Manager Alex Martins says after 20 years of partnering with the coalition it's now part of his family tradition.

"To give up part of our morning is nothing compared to what these folks go through," Martins said.

After breakfast, the coalition is providing a carnival day with face painting and free haircuts.

If you want to give back to the Coalition for Homeless, you can also purchase a Magic ticket for Friday and $10 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Coalition. The Magic will tip off against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Visit Coalition for the Homeless for more information.

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