Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Laughs and smiles come easy for funny man Mike Epps, but yesterday he didn’t have to be on a stage or screen to get them. A part of Detroit’s annual All-Star Giveback: Thanksgiving Edition, Epps joined a team of celebrities at River Rouge High School, and for three hours, they humbly distributed more than 1000 turkeys and food baskets to metro-Detroit residents in need.

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“Every year, my man Tarence Wheeler puts this together for families who are less fortunate and won’t have a turkey, or get a Thanksgiving dinner,” mentioned Mike in an interview with the Morning Heat on Detroit’s HOT 107.5, “It’s a beautiful thing to see these families come out and get these turkeys because they’re counting on them and they’re guaranteed.”

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Sponsored by the NBA Retired Players and NFL Alumni as well as a host of contributing sponsors, celebrity participants included rapper Big Sean (Sean Anderson Foundation); Former NBA players – Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons), Rick Mahorn (Detroit Pistons), Earl Cureton (Detroit Pistons), Derrick Coleman (Seattle Seahawks) and Willie Burton (Charlotte Hornets); Former Detroit Lions NFL players – Herman Moore, Ron Rice and Lomas Brown; and Hall of Fame Boxer Tommy “Hitman” Hearns.

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Photo Credits: Monica Morgan & Tarence Wheeler