Texan’s Mathieu donates over 200 turkeys to Humble families for Thanksgiving
Over 200 Northbelt Elementary students and their families will now have a Thanksgiving meal thanks to Houston Texan Tyrann Mathieu, the Houston Food Bank and Summerwood H-E-B.
On Thursday afternoon, Northbelt faculty and staff along with H-E-B and food bank members lined up in the cafeteria with cans of green beans, cranberry sauce, carrots, bread pies, turkeys and other food items needed to have a Thanksgiving meal.
Mathieu donated over 200 turkeys, stuffing and cake mix boxes.
As families lined up eagerly waiting to receive the ingredients by several Houston Texans, Matheiu was at the end of the line personally handing out turkeys to families.
Mathieu sees volunteering at Northbelt Elementary as a great way to give back to the community during the holidays.
“I think it’s a perfect time obviously with the holidays around the corner, and I think it’s important to obviously really embrace the community. I really think that’s a way of showing support to the community, it’s just a big day for me and I always look forward to it,” Mathieu said.
After Hurricane Katrina hit in New Orleans back in 2005, Mathieu and his family moved to the Humble area and settled there for a bit.
“I moved to Humble under really unfortunate circumstances obviously, Hurricane Katrina, so our family was displaced here for four months. Humble was a home for us,” Mathieu said.
Stephanie Berno, Outreach Services Director for the Houston Food Bank, said the nonprofit has been partnering with Northbelt Elementary for the past five years by providing school supplies and hosting similar events providing meals to students.
Berno said the food bank provided apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, bread, eggs and milk.
Mike Ostadimitris, store director of Summerwood H-E-B said they donated cookies, pecan pies, pumpkin pies, cranberry sauce and other items.
The Humble High School football team volunteered alongside the Texans by helping people with their ingredients to their vehicles. Humble High School junior Antonio Singleton said he was very excited about getting to volunteer with the Houston Texans.
“It feels good to meet some of the people that I look up to on TV and just to be around them in our environment,” Singleton said.