Written by | Ray Cornelius

Tuesday afternoon T.I. joined forces with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to present his 11th Annual Turkey Giveaway. The event took place at the Adamsville Recreation Center on the Westside of Atlanta. The Grammy-winning rapper was joined by his family—Tiny, Mama T.I., Precious, Kairi, Messiah, Dejah and Domani—as well as a host of city officials including Councilman C.T. Martin (District 10), Commissioner Andrea Boone, and Atlanta Board of Education’s Steven D. Lee (District 5). Also in attendance was First Lady, Sarah-Elizabeth Reed and baby daughter, Maria Kristan Reed.

Collards and Turkeys

Turkeys and Collard Greens were provided by Walmart

Hundreds of Turkey and Collard Greens, sponsored by Walmart, were distributed to grandparents, who are raising grandchildren and other deserving Atlantans. The seniors were helped by a pop warner football team and T.I.’s Hustle Gang.

Domani rapping

Domani performed “Roll Wit Me” and “All About Domani” for the senior audience

“Now more than ever it’s important for us to give thanks and to give to one another and those families who are in need. Our annual turkey drive means a lot to me and I will continue to grow my efforts in my community not just during the holiday season but year-round,” says T.I.

Mayor and First Lady

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed with First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed

Yesterday’s activities included an appearance by the Atlanta Falcon’s Bird Lady and her dance troupe, a DJ spinning old school hits, and an impromptu performance from T.I.’s son, Domani, who performed “Roll Wit Me” and ‘All About Domani.” There were also a few words from C.T. Martin, Amy Phong, Commissioner of the Department of Park and Recreation and Keisha Riley from Georgia Peach Agency, who reminded the seniors about affordable healthcare.

T.I. passing out Turkeys

T.I. and Mayor Reed handing out Turkeys to grandparent raising grandchildren

During the festivities, T.I. did get serious and talked to the Atlanta press about the Mike Brown situation in Ferguson, MI. “It is a travesty. It pains everyone that looks at it and it’s a reflection of how our lives as young black men are devalued by authorities in America. Something definitely has to be done.”

T.I. Sister Precious passing out turkey

T.I.’s sister Precious, his son Domani and daughter Dejah handing out turkeys

If you recall, T.I. was one of the first celebrities to respond creatively to the Ferguson crisis by writing a song that he appropriately called, New National Anthem.  Check out a few photos below from yesterday’s Thanksgiving Turkey and Collard Green Giveaway:

Jamilah, CT Martin and Coach

C.T. Martin (center) flanked by Community Leader Ms. Jamilah and Coach

Pop Warner Football

Pop Warner Football team assisted the seniors with their turkey and collard greens

Steven D. Lee ATL Board of Education

Steven D. Lee led the group in a prayer

Mayor Reed addressing the crowd

Mayor Kasim Reed addressing the attendees

T.I. and the Mayor

T.I. with Mayor Kasim Reed talking to the grandparents receiving the turkeys

First Baby

Baby Maria Kristan Reed giving us a beautiful smile

T.I. receives a plaque

T.I. received a plaque for his philanthropic efforts. The drive marked the 11th year he has hosted the giveaway

T.I. with the Hustle Gang

T.I. taking a picture with his Hustle Gang

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