PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For ten years straight, former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch has been spreading holiday cheer for local families in need, and this year was no different.
It took lots of teamwork to deliver all the food and toys Saturday, just in time for Christmas.
“This is our first stop. We have 38 families here. We have gifts, toys, household items, food baskets full of fruit and vegetables… You name it, I think we covered it this year,” Latasha Wilson-Batch, executive director of the Best of the Batch Foundation, said.
The “Batch A Toys” holiday drive is just one of the Best of the Batch Foundation’s yearly community programs that helps families in the Pittsburgh area.
“To do this now, for our tenth year, it was really truly humbling. When we’re able to put smiles on the families’ faces, this is the true meaning of Christmas,” Charlie Batch said.
Sweet potatoes, apples, turkeys and peppers are just some of the items families will be enjoying on Christmas Day.
“The basket of food was wonderful. I thought that was very helpful and nice,” one recipient said. “We’ve never had anything like this before, and we are just so grateful and thankful.”
Six thousand toys were also handed out on Christmas Eve, making the holiday season that much brighter.
More than 114 families were given toys and food during this year’s “Batch A Toys” holiday drive. Donations from local businesses and Pittsburgh residents helped make the event a success.