CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson was overwhelmed when he pulled up to Nations Ford Elementary School on Tuesday night.
"I saw a bunch of cars," Anderson said. "It was exciting for me. It feels great to know that these many people are going to be helped today."
Anderson's first-ever "AMAZING" Thanksgiving Drive-Thru, partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, helped to provide 250 holiday meals to Charlotte-area families in need.
It was the first time Anderson felt he could personally give back to the Charlotte community, since he first arrived during 2020 and COVID-19 restrictions on player interactions with the public.
"I felt like since I came to Carolina I always felt embraced," Anderson said. "I wanted to return that love."
Anderson's breakout season in 2020 earned him a two-year, $29.5 million extension with the team.
His 2021 season has seen a drop in his numbers (28 catches, 273 yards, 3 touchdowns), but he is still Carolina's third-leading receiver.
Carolina (5-6) travels to Miami (4-7) on Sunday.
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