WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary athletic teams and cheerleaders recently donated 35 Thanksgiving food baskets to local food pantries in a SAAC sponsored drive.  Each team and the cheerleading squad collected canned goods and traditional Thanksgiving fixings, filling 35 large laundry baskets which they delivered to local agencies. 

The FISH volunteer food pantry serves hundreds of clients a month by providing emergency food, clothing and transportation services.  Economic downtrends in 2010 have brought a tremendous increase in referral numbers at the agency and make donations such as these vitally important to the organization and its clients. 

The Grove Outreach Center, another volunteer agency, serves more than 100 families and individuals in the Grove area of James City County each week.  Many clients are elderly, poor or disabled, and they depend on the services of the Outreach Center to help them get by in hard economic times.

The Thanksgiving food basket collection, along with the men's gymnastics team's annual food drive and the SAAC spring food basket delivery, is a tradition of many years standing for the SAAC, as Tribe athletes continue to show their support in the Williamsburg community.