Boston Celtics Center Michael Olowokandi Spreads Holiday Cheer
Michael Olowokandi spent his Thanksgiving spreading cheer at Children's Hospital and Pine Street Inn.
BOSTON (November 24, 2006) - Boston Celtics center Michael Olowokandi visited with patients at Children's Hospital who were not able to go home to see their families for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, November 22. Olowokandi was in the hospital for over 90 minutes visiting with families, signing autographs and posing for photographs.
"The strength and courage of these kids is inspiring, I really feel privileged to get to spend time with them," Olowokandi said. "I could not think of a better way to give thanks then to spend time with people who are alone on the holiday."
Then on Thanksgiving Day, Olowokandi celebrated his holiday by serving home cooked meals and desserts to over 200 homeless men and women for over two hours at the Pine Street Inn. Olowokandi's smile was contagious and he wowed the staff and volunteers.
The Pine Street Inn is New England's leading resource for homeless men and women providing housing, job training, shelter, street outreach and healthcare. Founded in 1969, Pine Street will always be a place for shelter. By providing a safe place to sleep, nourishing meals, and clean clothes, Pine Street meets guests' basic needs. Counselors offer guests encouragement and referrals to mental health, employment, and housing resources.