Ludacris’ foundation, LudaCares, along with actress Keshia Knight Pullium and her foundation, Kamp Kizzy, gave out Thanksgiving turkeys, greens, sweet potatoes and more to over 500 families in need in the Atlanta area. Sam’s Club and Pepsi also contributed to the event. Award-winning musician and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges said he believes “Main Street needs as much help as Wall Street” as his Ludacares Initiative made 2011 its 10th year of giving away Thanksgiving turkeys and food boxes.
The recipient families were chosen by local community groups including churches, a battered women’s shelter and similar organizations. “Right now people are having a hard time keeping the lights on and putting food on the table. We want to do something to help families have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day,” said Mrs. Roberta Shields, president of The Ludacris Foundation and Luda’s mom. She further stated that ” If we add to their blessings in a small way, then we have accomplished our goal.”
Many of the volunteers whot manned the tables were Spelman students who were happy to give of their time for those less fortunate among us. Several Spelman organizations including the Chemistry Club, Skirt, the Student Government Association, the basketball team, Bonner scholars, and others, put together the baskets that were given to each family along with their turkey, yams and greens.