DALLAS, TX -- The season of giving and thanks is upon us; a time reserved for reflection and celebration of life`s bountiful blessings.
It's also a season when open hearts selflessly share their time and talents with others.
"That’s what this time of year is about," Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams told NewsFix.
On Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks scored big smiles and countless cheers from fans off the court.
Williams and Devin Harris, along with the Mavs Dancers and Mavs Maniaacs, gave 250-Thanksgiving dinners to deserving families in the community.
"This is great for me. This is just an added bonus to be able to be a Maverick, to be able to come back home and give back to a community that not only supports us, but I grew up in," Williams explained. "I’m definitely excited about this opportunity.”
"To me, that’s the definition of Thanksgiving," Devin Harris added. "Obviously, we have a lot to be thankful for; we’re in a blessed position. I have always been taught to give back to people who are less fortunate and hopefully, we can feed some families that can bring some cheerful environment to their holiday.”
The Mavs’ gracious donation brought lost of cheer and excitement to those who not only received a Thanksgiving Day turkey, but also a memory they’ll never forget.
"We’ve never met any of the Mavs," turkey recipient Brandi Miller told NewsFix. "You know, we haven’t even ever been to a game.”
"It was amazing; I love the Mavericks. They’re awesome!" Chrysilis Miller said. 'It’s a very thankful thing for them to do. For [the Mavericks] to sponsor Buckner, and to give out turkeys is very, very sweet."
"They love it, they’re snapping selfies in the car, we get to see kids who are very excited to see us, parents are very excited to see us; I think it’s well worth it,” Harris said.
A box filled with more than just a traditional holiday dinner, but with hope and a reminder of the true sentiment behind the season.
"It’s a blessing, truly a blessing," recipient Mary Price said.
"It will put a turkey on the table and it just makes you have a wonderful day knowing that somebody cares," Annie Smith added.