Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl Safety and former New Orleans Saints/Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Jenkins and The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) made the holidays brighter for 135 New Orleans area families by providing holiday meal baskets at the Foundation’s sixth annual ‘Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise’, on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
In keeping with the jersey number (27) that Jenkins wears on the field, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation selected 27 local community and church organizations to serve as partners in identifying five (5) families from within the community their organization serves, in need of a festive blessing. Each partnering organization picked up the festive gifts during the event, and delivered them to their chosen families.
The event took place at College Track New Orleans, hosted in partnership with TMJF’s Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S (Reinforcing Education With Activities, Recreation and Developmental Supports) program.
Along with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation board members, area volunteers, and Project REWARDS scholars, student athletes from Brother Martin High School helped to package and distribute the holiday baskets. Each basket included everything needed to prepare a traditional holiday meal, including a turkey, vegetables, stuffing, dessert and much more.
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise has served more than 800 families since 2011. Striving to make an impact in every city in which Jenkins has lived, worked, and played, the effort expanded from New Orleans to Philadelphia in 2015. Covering two cities, this year’s effort served 275 families across the Greater New Orleans and Greater Philadelphia regions.