Knighton, a 330-pound defensive tackle, along with his mother Rochelle, will host their third annual Thanksgiving dinner celebration for 100 children and their families with “Pot Roast” both on and at the table. The dinner will take place at the Community Connections facility in Jacksonville and be served on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m.
“This is a big treat for our families,” said Leila Duncan, Executive Director, Community Connections. “Each year, the kids enjoy spending time with the Knightons…they share our passion for helping families gain independence and have become such a special part of our organization.”
Terrance’s teammates will help him and his mother serve the pot roast with potatoes, carrots, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie and turkey with traditional dressing and gravy.
Since joining the team in 2008, Terrance and Rochelle Knighton have supported various nonprofit organizations in the area including Children’s Home Society, American Red Cross (hurricane disaster relief efforts) and Community Connections.
“Growing up in Connecticut with a single mom and three siblings, life wasn’t always easy for us,” said Knighton. “I know the hardships and sacrifices families sometimes have to endure and the dreams that kids hold – so to help in this small way is as much a blessing to me as it is to them.”
Community Connections of Jacksonville is a non-profit organization founded in 1911 that provides after school programs, youth enrichment camps, and transitional housing and essential support services to assist homeless families in gaining self-sufficiency.