CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has spent many Monday nights in his career on the football field and on the big stage. But Monday night, the stage he stood on was in front of hundreds of underprivileged kids who couldn't wait to see him.
"In my profession, it's so serious," Newton said. "So this gives them an opportunity to see me and gives me an opportunity to see them and bring me back somewhat to earth to relax."
This is the 4th straight year that Newton has organized "Cam's Thanksgiving Jam". 800 kids from the Charlotte area and their families came to get a free Thanksgiving dinner, served to them by the star QB.
"Feeding a family, feeding kids, it's just great that we annually do it each and every year and to see it grow is great," Newton said.
It was a full house.
And as good as the food was, those interactions with Cam, may have meant even more.
"Cam acts a bit much like them," said Britannia Glover-Thomas. "He's just a big kid at heart and it really pleases the children to be here every year."
As he scooped potatoes and took selfies, wearing a hat that once again out-did anyone else's wardrobe, it was easy to see how the 'kid' having the most fun at this party might have been the man throwing it.
"Seeing smiles on families' faces, it's really humbling," Newton said. "And it just puts you in the holiday spirit."
Over 50 volunteers participated in making the event at The Fillmore possible. Each family also got to take home supplies to cook another Thanksgiving meal later this week.
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