Steelers' Markus Wheaton hands out turkeys to Valley families

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Two famous athletes are using their celebrity status for a good cause -- helping the local community this holiday season.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton handed out turkeys to nearly 300 local families in need at South Mountain Community College Friday morning.

Wheaton, an Arizona native, said he looks forward to returning to the Valley and helping his hometown community every Thanksgiving.

Wheaton's friend Olympic athlete Will Claye also assisted in the turkey giveaway.

When asked what the most memorable part of the day was, both Wheaton and Claye explained that it's the smiles on everyone's faces and how thankful they are that are truly unforgettable.

Both said they're more than happy to help, knowing they are making this holiday season a little extra special for local families.

Jerry Brown with St. Mary's Food Bank said despite the generous donations received this season, they are still 3,000 turkeys short of what they need for the upcoming Thanksgiving distribution.

In response, St. Mary's 4th annual "Super Saturday" turkey drive is Saturday. To participate, visit your local Albertsons from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

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