LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Members of the Men's UK Basketball team and Coach John Calipari joined more than 100 volunteers Thursday in serving the needy a warm Thanksgiving meal.
The team showed up around 12:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army on West Main Street, donned a red Salvation Army volunteer apron, and started serving the hundreds there for lunch.
"It's just good to give back to them and let them know that we appreciate them," said Willie Cauley-Stein, UK Forward.
"You gotta give back to the back who support you first," said EJ Floreal, UK Guard.
"Our fans give us so much throughout our year that it just feels great to come back and give them as much praise as they've given to us," said Marcus Lee, UK Forward.
The Salvation Army has been feeding the needy in Lexington for about 50 years. This year they planned to serve 500 people, 400 of those at the facility on Main Street and another 100 with home meal delivery.
Major Debra Ashcraft says the yearly tradition helps meet the hunger need in the city while also filling spiritual needs. She says people in need get the message the community cares when so many turn out to share their Thanksgiving.
This year's meal was provided by Lundy's Catering, with bread donated by Joe Bologna's. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes also handed out food along side her family with Lundy's Catering.