Thomas Davis, Panthers pack Thanksgiving meals for families

Thomas Davis and his Panthers teammates help pack Thanksgiving meals for families in need

CHARLOTTE- Even when they're not on the football field, Thomas Davis and the Panthers can turn anything into a competition.

Their latest field of choice: an assembly line full of food to pack and send to families on Thanksgiving.

"I don't want to toot my own horn, but I think eight at one time was the most, but Luke kind of came up with scheme where he put like 18 in a box- but I don't really count that," Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said.

"Yeah Thomas was talking like he usually does, so you have to get out there and see if you can get more bags than he does," Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said.

Kuechly, AJ Klein, Vernon Butler, David Mayo and Michael Griffin joined Davis Tuesday at Second Harvest Food Bank. Davis' Defending Dreams foundation partnered with Harris Teeter to pack Thanksgiving dinners for the seventh year in a row.

"Just for us to come out here and put stuff in bags is an easy thing for us to do, and for it to have such an impact on people it's kind of a no-brainer," Kuechly said.

But it's not just the Panthers that get involved. Davis' wife Kelly, who helps run the Defending Dreams foundation and their kids came along to lend a hand.

"Our kids are very privileged and we try to tell them you guys get a lot of things that we get even when we were younger," Kelly Davis explained.

"There are a lot of people that are a lot less fortunate than they are and it's important to make sure we help them out as much as possible," Davis said.

The Panthers players and other volunteers filled 2,000 bags with Thanksgiving dinners that will feed around 8,000 people.

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