Reporting Paul Martino
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a bye week for the Pittsburgh Steelers; but for a couple members of the team, this Sunday meant a day of giving back to the community as they handed out turkeys and all the fixings to 100 families in need.
It was all part of the Dignity & Respect program at the Rankin Christian Center, it’s where Steelers safety Ryan Mundy grew up.
“I’m just giving back,” said Mundy. “This is the school district that I grew up in. It’s always good to get out and give back and interact in the community.”
Mundy brought a buddy along with him – another hometown kid who grew up to play for the Steelers – backup quarterback Charlie Batch.
“We’re just trying to do our small part to help out the families throughout the holiday season, and it’s really a small token of appreciation,” said Batch.
It’s part of an effort to provide 100 needy families with turkeys and all the trimmings. Holiday dinners they may have gone without.
“It just relieves a burden that a lot of people face and they don’t know how they are going to pull it all together and make a beautiful meal for their families,” said Ondrea Burton, of the Dignity & Respect Campaign.
Besides getting a Thanksgiving dinner, the needy families also got some Steelers autographs.
The Rankin Christian Center provides a variety of services to families in need.