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through enrichment ser- vices. We are proud of our record of helping local kids graduate from high school and go on to pursue their collegiate dreams.

IL: Your website men- tions plans to open more youth centers. Please tell us a little more about that.

AM: We are now working with the city of Miami Gar- dens to open a center in the Bunche Park area. This area is known for its 30% grad- uation rate. We are hoping to combat this startling sta- tistic. The split-level facility will include dance and music studios, a library, classrooms and a gymnasium.

IL: What, to you, has been the greatest sign that you are making a difference?

AM: alonzo Mourning charities has grown to be- come such a big part of our community. i see it in the kids more than anything. They have a vision and they walk with purpose. Seeing

the youth of our communi- ty become more focused on education and experience things they wouldn’t other- wise have the chance to do shows me that we are on the right path.

IL: Thanksgiving is coming up. You have sur- prised hundreds of fami- lies since 2000 with fully-

prepared

Thanksgiving

meals delivered to their front doors. How did you decide to start this pro- gram, and how many families will be reached this year?

AM: Our “33 Thanksgiv- ings” program was started in 2000 and the first year we delivered 33 meals to nearby families. Over the years this program has grown tremen-

The Mourning family delivering meals on Thanksgiving morning

Alonzo Mourning's 33 Thanksgivings

dously with the support of partners like Publix Super Markets and UPS. This year we will deliver 533 meals, each feeding a family of four, and will be visiting the Ronald McDonald house as well as Jackson Memorial hospital’s Transplant Unit

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