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Jaguars Operation Blessing to Assist 3,000 Local Families

On Tuesday, November 21, 2000 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Park, the Jacksonville Jaguars will join with several corporate partners, hundreds of volunteers and other local organizations to assist over 3,000 eastside families who are in need during this holiday period.

Jaguars' players and wives, led by offensive tackle Leon Searcy, and more than 250 First Union and Florida National Guard volunteers, will off-load two truckloads of groceries and distribute non-perishable food items donated by growers, food processors and manufacturers that support Operation Blessing International, a national non-profit humanitarian relief organization. Winn-Dixie Jacksonville will provide one truck, while another from Operation Blessing's Hunger Strike Force will be on site. Campbell's Chunky Soup is donating 3,000 cans of soup on behalf of the Jaguars as part of Campbell's Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger 2000 program.

In addition, seven area agencies which serve the disadvantaged throughout the First Coast region will pick up boxes of frozen turkeys donated by Jaguars players and staff. Free glaucoma screenings will be offered by the Vision is Priceless Council, and blood pressure screenings will be offered by the Florida-Georgia Blood Alliance. First Union will donate 1,000 new books and volunteers will read to children, who will also have a chance to meet Santa Claus. Winn-Dixie's Chef Robert will also be on hand.

Only families with registration flyers are eligible to receive two free bags of mixed grocery products on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last or until 4:00 p.m., whichever comes first.

For more information, please contact the Jaguars Community Affairs Department at (904) 633-6582.

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