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Kids and Fins Publix Shopping Spree Helps Brighten Up Thanksgiving For Local Students

Posted Nov 5, 2013

The Miami Dolphins do their part to help make Thanksgiving a little brighter for 100 underprivileged elementary school students.


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Thanksgiving is a special time of year when people come together to give thanks while indulging in a healthy serving of food. Unfortunately, there are those who are unable to enjoy the harvest the holiday brings, and the Miami Dolphins did their part to help make Thanksgiving a little brighter for 100 underprivileged students.

One hundred students from two elementary schools in Miami-Dade County (Olinda Elementary, Miami Heights Elementary) and two elementary schools from Broward County (Mirror Lake Elementary and Walker Elementary) arrived at the Las Olas Publix in Ft. Lauderdale where they were met by current Dolphins players, alumni, cheerleaders, and members of the MDWO for the Kids and Fins Publix Shopping Spree.

The evening was centered on grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. However, prior to gathering items on their grocery lists, the students enjoyed Thanksgiving inspired food, entertainment, and even a hoola hoop competition! Then, equipped with their Thanksgiving grocery lists and a $100 gift certificate provided by Publix and the Miami Dolphins Foundation, the students got paired up with their shopping buddy and went inside to shop the grocery store aisles.

“It's great to give back to the community," defensive tackle Paul Soliai said. "It means a lot. When I was growing up we never had this. I can be here to show these kids that when they grow up they can do the same thing that I am doing right now.”

Students checked out of Publix with grocery bags full of items to take home to their families for special Thanksgiving dinners. It was a special evening filled with great moments enjoyed by all, and memories to last a lifetime.
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