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Jgauars Operation Blessing Program to Assist 3,000 Local Families

On Tuesday, November 20 from 2:00 - 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 more than 3,000 Eastside families who are in need during this holiday period.

Jaguars' players and wives, led by cornerback Fernando Bryant, and over 250 First Union/Wachovia and Publix Super Markets 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. Publix will provide one truck, and another from Operation Blessing's Hunger Strike Force will be on site. Campbell's Chunky Soup is donating 2,000 cans of soup on behalf of the Jaguars as part of Campbell's Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger 2001 program.

In addition, nine area agencies that 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. Diabetes education and exam information will also be available. First Union/Wachovia volunteers will read to children, who will also have a chance to meet Santa Claus.

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, media may contact the Jaguars Community Affairs Department at (904) 633-6582.

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