The Pistons organization teams up with Meijer throughout the Season of Giving to take care of those in need, surprise shoppers at local Meijer stores, and help organizations that are busy helping others throughout the city.
Jalese and Talitha volunteered at the kickoff event, which took place at the Detroit Pistons Performance Center. Each year, the event donates food and essential items to over 800 families in Detroit. This year, convenient mobile drive-thru tents were set up so that families could stock up for the holidays. The event lasted several hours and featured a DJ and professional dancers to add to the festivity. All leftover items and food were then donated to local charities and shelters to distribute as needed.
Talitha Mahome said that “we had a chance to interact with some Pistons players while working alongside the players, staff, and other volunteers to help provide families in need with food and essentials going into the holidays. The atmosphere was fun and positive! It felt great to be a part of such an impactful event.” Jalese DeBiasi went on to say, “I second that! It was really fulfilling to see everyone come together in such big ways to provide for local families in need. Seeing their smiles and hearing their ‘thank yous’ was worth every second. That’s what this time of year is about.”