Klay Thompson Joins WE G.I.V.E. Volunteer Group To Prepare Meals As Part Of #HashtagLunchbag

Warriors star Klay Thompson joined 150 volunteers from the Golden State Warriors front office, direct-to-consumer insurance company Esurance, the Oakland Marriott City Center and Warriors Season Ticket Holders and fans as part of the latest WE G.I.V.E. volunteer group. Thompson joined the volunteers to build sandwiches and distribute bagged lunches to Bay Area shelters and non-profit organizations as part of the #HashtagLunchbag movement.

“It’s great to be here giving back to the community with Esurance and Warriors fans for #HashtagLunchbag,” said Thompson. “It feels great to make a difference in the lives of others and especially those who need it the most.”

On Tuesday, January 6, the WE G.I.V.E. volunteer group assembled at the Oakland Marriott City Center and excitedly joined together to build ham sandwiches and decorate brown paper lunchbags as music blared over the speakers. Volunteers then carried the lunchbags to trucks that will deliver to the East Oakland Community Project, Operation Dignity, Dream Catcher Youth Shelter and Support Center, A Safe Place, Bay Area Rescue Mission and the local Salvation Army.

“#HashtagLunchbag is a viral and global movement to come together and give back to our community, and we are honored to work with the Golden State Warriors and Esurance today,” said Bay Area #HashtagLunchbag organizer Rebecca Cahua.

Thompson, who received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of November, excitedly joined this WE G.I.V.E. volunteer group to help end hunger in the Bay Area. On November 25, 2014, Thompson donated $20,000 to the City of Oakland for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner, which serves 2,000 low-income families and homeless citizens a Thanksgiving meal.

“It feels great to meet and spend time with the best fans in the NBA and work as a team to eliminate hunger in our community,” said Thompson.

The WE G.I.V.E. volunteer platform was launched in 2013 for Warriors players and front office staff to join Warriors season ticket holders, Esurance employees and additional fans team up to Give, Inspire, Volunteer and Educate by supporting organizations dedicated to giving back to the Bay Area community.

“This is another excellent WE G.I.V.E. event, which the Warriors and Esurance created as an opportunity for the two Bay Area organizations and fans to come together to give back to our community,” said Esurance Brand Partnerships Senior Manager Chris Lee.

This is the second event of the WE G.I.V.E. volunteer platform for the 2014-15season, as representatives of the Warriors and Esurance will team with Warriors season ticket holders and additional fans to Guide, Inspire, Volunteer and Educate through a variety of volunteer events to support Bay Area community organizations. On October 22, 2014, the WE G.I.V.E. platform visited Habitat For Humanity Greater San Francisco to rebuild homes destroyed by a recent three-alarm fire at Habitat Terrace.

To learn how to get involved in the next WE G.I.V.E. volunteer event this season, please visit https://www.nba.com/warriors/community/wegive.

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