Reporting Dave Crawley
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are a popular team at Addison Hall in the Hill District.
One hundred families selected by Pittsburgh Community Food Bank received Thanksgiving dinners with all the fixings, delivered by four players.
Richard Park was in charge of potatoes. Joe Vitale was the onion man. Jordan Staal handed out bags of apples and Pascal Dupuis took care of the main course: frozen turkeys.
Though he was relegated to a supporting role, Staal didn’t seem to mind.
“Hey, apples are the best thing for you,” he said. “Apple a day keeps the doctor away. That’s what they say.”
One of announcer Mike Lang’s favorite expressions is: “The turkey is on the table.”
Those turkeys will be on a hundred tables this Thanksgiving, thanks to the generosity of Penguins fans.
Iris Valanti of the food bank says this is the fifth year that fans have made this possible.
“Fans bring food and money to the game and donate money. They get to win a signed stick or something. They raise $3,000 to $5,000 every year and it’s donated to this event,” she said.
And that is something to be thankful for.