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Preds Lend A Helping Hand At Thanksgiving Time

by Sarah Ryan / Nashville Predators
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Despite the gloomy, overcast weather on Monday, Predators forward David Legwand and defenseman Ryan Suter managed to bring a little sunshine to families and charities in need this holiday season.  ( Video: Suter & Legwand Delivering Turkeys )

Legwand and Suter delivered turkey dinners to families of charity organizations around Nashville. As two of only three American-born players on the Preds roster, they found it very important to provide meals to those who may otherwise not have been able to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Preds Active Around the Holidays

The turkey deliveries are just one of many holiday initiatives the Predators players and the Predators Foundation have planned for this holiday season. Events are planned for three upcoming home Preds games: Toys for Tots toy drives at the December 4 and 13 games and a benefit night for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center at the December 6 Preds game. Players will participate in a Holiday Party for inner city youth on December 11 at Sommet Center and a “Skate with the Preds” coat drive on December 15 at A-Game Sportsplex (formerly Southern Ice).

“It is neat for us to get out there and pass out turkeys and celebrate Thanksgiving,” said Suter. “There are three Americans on the team—Ortmeyer, Legwand and me—and it was nice for us to get out and celebrate Thanksgiving with the families that were out there in Nashville.”

The players made four stops on their delivery route, handing out turkey dinners to Nurses for Newborns—a charity which helps to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect through home-based programs and visits by skilled Registered Nurses—Magdalene House—a program designed to help women with histories of prostitution and drug abuse— Preston Taylor Ministries—a group dedicated to providing hope for children and families living in the Preston Taylor public-housing area—and Mending Hearts—a support system for women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.

50 turkeys were donated by Levy Restaurants, 200 holiday cookies were provided by the Rochelle Center—a support center for people with disabilities—and the Predators Foundation bought “holiday fixings” to accompany the meals.

While delivering the turkeys, Legwand and Suter made time to talk with charity members, sign autographs and take pictures. Needless to say, smiles were in abundance.

“It was a fun day of getting out there and spreading Thanksgiving to everyone,” said Suter.

After the deliveries were finished, Legwand and Suter sponsored a Thanksgiving dinner for thirty children from the Vine Hill Boys and Girls Club in the Sommet Center’s suite-level club. The players served the children, visited their tables and took time to talk and sign autographs.

“It was exciting bringing the turkeys and seeing the kids smiling. They lit up and were happy to see us,” said Suter.

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