PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The KDKA-TV Turkey Fund raised over $500,000 to help our neighbors in need last month.
As we near Christmas, the need for meals has not gone away.
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum stepped up this week to help 300 families.
“This is what the spirit of Christmas is all about. It is not about what we are getting for Christmas. It is about what we are able to give back,” Pastor William Curtis, of the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, said.
Curtis, the Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church and the Pentecostal Temple are part of the effort as well.
“Seldom do churches really get together to do these sorts of things. It is not a one church function. It is a three church function,” Pastor Loran Marin, of the Pentecostal Temple, said.
Thanks to Beachum, the East Liberty churches are working to feed 300 families this Christmas.
“It’s really just bringing the communities together to do something collectively that is impacting this community right here in Pittsburgh, Beachum said.
Beachum’s teammates Will Allen and Cam Heyward were also part of the food donation this week — as they helped the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank feed the hungry.
“It is such a generosity of the spirit. We are thrilled to be partnering with Kelvin Beachum at this event,” Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank President Lisa Scales said.
“Growing up, not everybody has holiday meals, you know? I struggled with some of those food insecurities some of the people going through these lines right now are struggling with — so to be able do something for them not during Thanksgiving but during Christmas I think is important,” Beachum said.
The kind gesture was certainly not lost on the participants.
“Just to see you know, the fact that it’s like an act of kindness for everybody that’s here just shows you that there are still good people out here in this world,” Butch Thomes said.