Utah Jazz serve Thanksgiving dinner for needy families

Posted at 10:21 PM, Nov 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-21 00:21:35-05

Members of the Utah Jazz and the Miller family joined forces with Utah Food Services Tuesday to provide a warm meal and warm clothing for those in need.

This was the 14th year of the tradition, which was started by the late Larry H. Miller.

"Our family looks forward to this event. Our kids, our grandkids - they come and they dig right in. They love to help serve. But our employees tell me they look to this event as the event of the year. They love to be able to come and serve and be of service to the community. All in the spirit of giving and caring for your fellow man," said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group.

About 4,500 people benefited.

In another event, Jazz forward Paul Millsap brought an early Thanksgiving dinner and a $10,000 check to the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City. The charity provides a place for families to stay when they're forced to be away from home while their child receives medical care.

"It means a lot to me. You know, it means a lot to my family. I've been blessed to play basketball and make a living doing that, so I want to give back as much as possible," Millsap said.