Lauderdale County Football Team Prepares Thanksgiving Meal For Community

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ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - This time of year, many people count their blessings.  And many people in Rogersville will have lots to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day, thanks to the Lauderdale County football team.

With a dozen helping hands, volunteers peel 70 pounds of potatoes, all to be made into mashed potatoes, for a Thanksgiving Day meal for the less fortunate.

“I think it means a lot to them and a lot of it is how much they support us, so it`s just a way for us to give back to them,” said senior, Brian Puckett.

Puckett's mother, Amy has fed the people on Thanksgiving for about ten years but this time, she got a little extra help.  After a tough practice, starters on the Lauderdale County football team brought their skills to the table, and also their desire to help people in their community.

“I think they really appreciate it, I mean it`s the least we can do for them,” said senior D.J. Simmons.

Some of the football players will also give up part of their day Thursday to help deliver to people who otherwise wouldn't have a Thanksgiving meal.

Others will help serve at the Rogersville Senior Center.

Dozens of families signed up for the hot lunch and organizers expect more than 100 people will be fed.

“They always have a big smile on their face.  It just helps your day knowing you helped someone like that,” said Puckett.

It's a community service project for the football team, that gives back to the families and fans who support the players year round.  After the dishes get done and the clean-up ends, these players will turn their attention from the kitchen to the football field, for a play-off match-up on Friday against Deshler.

The meal will include turkey and all the fixings on Thanksgiving Day.  The players say they hope this Thanksgiving Day meal preparation can turn into a team tradition.