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Thanksgiving Dinners Across the City

Thanksgiving Dinners Across the City

It is that time of year once again where families come together from all over the country to celebrate the start of the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is a time where we give thanks for our friends and families but also for all the things most of us are fortunate enough to have.  We can be thankful for the roof over our heads and the food we are lucky enough to have on our tables this year.

There are many across the city who are far less fortunate.  It is this time of year that food pantries and homeless shelters are struggling to stretch the donations they do have to meet the demand.  Once again the generosity of the residents of Atlanta have served to make this a memorable holiday for those less fortunate.  They donated time, money and of course turkeys to shelters and food banks throughout the city.

Pre-Thanksgiving  Feast

There were more than 1,000 people in Atlanta that enjoyed a pre-Thanksgiving Day dinner for an event dubbed “The Day Before”.  Hot turkey dinners were served at the Our House Shelter and also at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.  Renewal Design-Build of Decatur, and Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q of Atlanta and Fox Bros all worked together to put this event together. Sysco Atlanta donated the 80 turkeys that were served up for the event.  There were additional funds that were raised to purchase clothing for the upcoming cold weather, including hats, socks and winter clothing.  Here is a video showcasing the event that took place on Wednesday.

In a separate event on the other side of the city rapper T.I. helped to pass out more than 600 turkeys to low income families across Atlanta.  This year the focus was on homes where grandparents have had to bear the responsibility of raising their grandchildren.

On Tuesday Fox 5 Atlanta media personalities spent the day in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel kitchens cooking Thanksgiving dinner for local families in the area.  Media personalities along with Executive Chef Rene Pax cooked up more than 1,000 pounds of turkey, 800 pounds of mashed potatoes, 250 pounds of cranberry sauce and for dessert there were 400 pumpkin pies.  More than 3,100 meals were served to local families.

It is heart warming to once again see the generosity of the residents of Atlanta, pitching in to make sure that everyone can enjoy the holiday with their loved ones. Now it is time to extend that spirit of generosity through the rest of the holiday season.

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The Atlanta Falcons 2016/7 Season So Far

The Atlanta Falcons 2016/7 Season So Far

Halfway through the NFL season, The Atlanta Falcons have earned a 6-4 record to lead their NFC South Division. The Falcons have seen great offensive success, and their defense has shown that they can get the opposing offense off the field and the ball back into the Falcon’s offense’s hands. Below is the Atlanta Falcons 2016/7 season so far.

General Stats:

Touchdowns – 36 Offensive Yards – 4,166 Rushing Yards – 1,076 Passing Yards – 3,247Tackles – 17673 Sacks – 22 Interceptions – 6 Turnover Ratio – +3

Passing:

Matt Ryan is having an exceptional year, with his 24 touchdowns, 3,247 passing yards, a QB rating of 115.1 and only 5 interceptions, Ryan has found himself at the top of the list of quarterbacks in the NFL so far this season. His production and exceptional numbers are estimated to continue to climb.

Receiving:

Julio Jones leads all Falcons receivers with 61 receptions for 1,105 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. Jones is a consistent producer for the Falcons and is a huge part of their offensive successes this season. Mohamed Sanu is also a big producer of offense for the Falcons. Sanu has hauled in 39 catches for 430 yards and 3 touchdowns thus far, Sanu is predicted to add to these excellent numbers as the season continues. Rounding out the upper-end of the receiving core is running back Devonta Freeman who has 31 receptions allotting for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns. Freeman is a versatile running back who is a valuable receiver for the Falcons as well.

Rushing:

Devonta Freeman is the leading rusher for the Falcons this year. Freeman has rushed for 669 yards and 2 touchdowns. Freeman is a quick and powerful running back who fights for extra yards on every play. The second leading rusher for the Falcons is Tevin Coleman. Coleman has rushed for 234 yards and 5 touchdowns so far this season. Coleman is an excellent short down running back who has great strength and power to offer.

Defense:

The Falcons defense has seen a great deal of success out of Keanu Neal. Neal is the Falcon’s leader in tackles with 66 tackles, 46 of those tackles being solo tackles. Neal has also forced 4 fumbles so far this year. The sacks leader for the Falcons is Vic Beasley with 9.5 sacks. Beasley has also contributed 30 tackles and forced 4 fumbles. The interception leaders for the Falcons are Deion Jones and Robert Alford. Both Jones and Alford have 2 interceptions and each has also returned 1 interception for a touchdown this season.

The Falcons look to continue their success on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball as they make a run for the playoffs this 2016/7 NFL season.

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