Tucson charities: United Way and groups feed 800 families; Wings Like Eagles gives $60K to non-profits

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The United Way of Tucson teamed up with several groups including the National Basketball Retired Players Association to host a holiday give-away.

Two semi-truck loads worth of food and supplies were handed out to 800 families at the Catalina United Methodist Church.

Two former NBA greats were passing around boxes to families in need.

Tucson native and former Pueblo High star Fat Lever and former U of A All-American Bob Elliott.

"We're here today giving away approximately 35,000 pounds of food and household products," said  Tony Penn from United Way of Tucson.

"This is one of the events where its like a season of giving.  There's going to be a time where everyone needs a little bit of help," said former NBA player Fat Lever.

"This time of the year during the holidays the way the economy has been its a great way for us to give back," said former NBA player Bob Elliot.

The is the first time the United Way of Tucson has done a holiday giveaway and they're hoping to do it again next year and continue their partnership with the National Basketball Retired Players Association.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Five charities got a boost Tuesday thanks to the Wings like Eagles foundation.

The foundation, named after its founding corporation Golden Eagle Distributors, awarded $60,000 in grants to non-profits such as Youth on their Own and the Boys and Girls Club.

"In these times I think that we all have a duty and a responsibility to give back and our company's been hit hard just like a lot of people but we've been able to keep our foundatinon running strong and we're very proud of that," said The Wings Like Eagles Foundation President Christopher Clements.

Over the past eight years, the foundation has awarded nearly $1.5 million to Arizona non-profits.