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Bucs' Lavonte David sponsoring Thanksgiving dinner giveaway at his alma mater

The linebacker’s giveaway drive-up will distribute 200 turkeys to needy families near his Miami home.
Bucs linebacker Lavonte David will have 200 turkeys available for needy families at his Thanksgiving Giveaway Drive-Up, set for Saturday at Miami’s Northwestern High, his alma mater.
Bucs linebacker Lavonte David will have 200 turkeys available for needy families at his Thanksgiving Giveaway Drive-Up, set for Saturday at Miami’s Northwestern High, his alma mater. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Nov. 18, 2020

In a year when Thanksgiving celebrations nationally are being scaled back, Lavonte David’s benevolence isn’t.

The veteran Bucs linebacker is doubling down — in a good way.

David indicated Wednesday he’ll have 200 turkeys (twice what was originally planned) available for needy families at his Thanksgiving Giveaway Drive-Up, set for Saturday at Miami’s Northwestern High, his alma mater.

Thanksgiving baskets include a turkey and four sides per family. They’ll be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at noon, according to a flier on David’s Instagram account.

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“At first I had 100 turkeys and I was like, ‘Nah, maybe that’s not enough. I want to add another hundred,’" David said Wednesday. “So I made it 200 just to make sure everybody gets what they need.”

David said much of the inspiration for the gesture came from his mother Lynette, who passed away in March 2016 at age 56. The raging coronavirus, which has devastated families financially, also compelled him to double his giveaway.

“I feel like God put me in position to do things like that,” he said. “I always go back to serving. In order to be a great leader you’ve got to serve, and that’s what I try to do. So I’m just trying to go out there and just serve the best way I can whether it’s on the field or off the field. In this instance, it’s off the field.

So it’s just giving people hope, man. I love to put smiles on other people’s faces.”