Life and Religion
|Cam Newton Foundation serves smiles, meals for Thanksgiving|
|Panthers QB’s philanthropy feeds thousands|
|Published Tuesday, November 26, 2019 9:50 am|
|CAM NEWTON FOUNDATION|
|Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s annual Thanksgiving Jam has provided thousands of meals for children and their families since his arrival in Charlotte in 2011.|
Cam Newton’s football season may be over, but his impact radiates throughout the city for a different season.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback’s eighth annual Cam’s Thanksgiving Jam fed 1,300 children and some family members to kick off the holiday week. The Cam Newton Foundation held the event Monday at Topgolf Charlotte. The private event benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolina’s Kids Café program. Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolina’s partners with agencies, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs, as well as low-income afterschool programs to identify and serve at-risk children.
In addition to being served a traditional Thanksgiving meal by Newton and his family as well as volunteers, guests received a second meal to prepare on Thanksgiving Day.
Newton’s annual Thanksgiving feast has fed thousands since he joined the Carolina Panthers in 2011. Last year, the event fed 1,200 people, and 800 the previous year. The night is more than a feast. Newton’s foundation provides entertainment for the children from golf and games to a DJ as well as Panthers mascot Sir Purr, face painting and balloon art.
Ever the competitor, Newton’s goal is to keep expanding the event to feed more families. As he pointed out at previous events, as much as they are able to accomplish with the Thanksgiving Jam, people will always be hungry.
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