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Raiders give back for Thanksgiving

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Tony Gonzales, Raiders.com

The Raiders have been busy this week preparing for Thanksgiving. Here's just a few of the ways they tried to give back to the community to give some of the less fortunate something to be thankful for this holiday.

First it was the Raidrettes last week who assisted at the Alameda County Community Food Bank mobile pantry distributing food to families in the East Bay.

Last Monday it was the Raiders front office who got in on the act along with the Raiders Women's Association (RWA) who teamed up with The Monument Crisis Center in Concord to distribute turkeys as well as traditional fixings to the Center's 4,500 low-income client households in Contra Costa County. The RWA is comprised of wives and significant others of Raiders coaches, players, executives and staff.

That same day, following his first practice since returning from partial season injured reserve, Rod Streater continued his "Where's Streater?" journey, hosting children and families from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland - Diabetes Clinic for a hands-on "Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner" cooking demonstration created specifically for children with Type 1 diabetes. This event was held in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association's national awareness campaign, "American Diabetes Month."

Tuesday several other Raiders players volunteered for needy causes for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Taiwan Jones, Matt McCants, Jamize Olawale and Brandian Ros joined in to assist at the Alameda County Community Food Bank mobile pantry in sorting and distributing food to families in the East Bay.

Then Marcel Reece along with his wife Tera, on behalf of the Marcel Reece Foundation, delivered Thanksgiving food baskets with a traditional Thanksgiving feast to 50 less fortunate families who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland. Baskets also included a gift card to purchase a turkey at a local grocery store. Reece also spoke to the kids about the importance of not giving up, both in life and on themselves.

Tis the season for giving.

From all of us at Silver & Black Pride, we hope you are having a safe and happy Thanksgiving