The Chiefs Help With Operation Breakthrough

Operation Breakthrough is a United Way organization, providing services for children and families in Kansas City's inner city. Their services include day care, meals, therapy, housing assistance and food and clothing for the underprivileged. Yesterday, they got some help from some of their friends on the Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals.

Yesterday, the Chiefs and the Royals banded with Operation Breakthrough to distribute sacks of groceries to over 3,000 families. Players chatted with fans, signed autographs and posed for pictures, all while providing some healthy meals for some needy families.

"I think it's great when you see the Chiefs and the Royals together out here," said Chiefs offensive tackle Kevin Sampson, "and then when you think about the cause, helping people, giving out food like this. There are some people here in real need. Obviously the Chiefs and Royals are blessed in many ways, and it's great to be able to give back to the community."

The Chiefs players and members of the organization helped make the event a success, not only helping distribute food, but also providing logistics support and helping to keep the event running smoothly. Of course, to the fans, it was all about the players.

"It means a lot to be able to help out," said linebacker Kendrell Bell. "As a player, you get an opportunity to be able to meet people you don't see on game day, who are true Chiefs fans, but cannot afford to get out to the games. To be able to come out and to see that they know who you are, and to see the smiles on their faces, and to be able to give them some groceries, it's big. In this profession, the game is year round, and you don't get a lot of opportunities to go home, where you came from, and it's easy to lose touch. This humbles you, because a lot people don't have what you have, and it makes you want to pick your game up. This feels awesome."

Volunteers from local companies like Sprint and AT&T also helped with the affair, filling and handing out bags, and working behind the scenes with Operation Breakthrough personnel to ensure the food drive went off without a hitch, some on short notice.

"We volunteer a lot during the year," said Keema McCoy, an employee at AT&T. "My friend and I heard about it and just decided to it and came over."

The event was a rousing success, because of the selflessness of Kansas Citians, and because the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals cared enough to lend a hand.

"It's great to be able to give a helping hand to people that are underprivileged," cornerback Alphonso Hodge said. "This is the fifth year that they've done this, feeding like 3,000 kids. That's great. I'll do this any day."

Of course, Hodge could only give so much.

"One woman asked for a kiss. I couldn't give that."

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