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Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise

A nourishing meal, shared with family and friends, is a holiday tradition that makes the season special. However, for many struggling families, unsure of how they will be able to afford all the fixings, it can be a difficult and stressful time.

Each year to ensure that vulnerable families can participate in these special days of joy, Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl Safety and 2-time Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Jenkins, along with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation host the Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise, providing festive food baskets, filled with a turkey and all the nutritional staples and treats to prepare a holiday feast, for hundreds of families in need.  In addition to the food baskets, many families with children 15 years and under, all receive toys for the holiday, through the generous support from donors and partners. 

On behalf of the families we support at The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, I would like to thank you for your support with meals for the holidays. Your support helps us to continue in our mission to create a community of comfort and hope for families of seriously ill children.
— Anthony Stover, Special Events Manager

The signature event underscores the spirit of giving during the holidays, and the importance of giving back and strengthening communities. With the generous support of local businesses, community police departments, and faith-based organizations, the Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise program has served hundreds of families in communities of Philadelphia, PA, New Orleans, LA, and Camden, NJ.

Here’s how it works:

  • In keeping with the jersey number (27) that Malcolm wears on the playing field, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation invites 27 organizations in each city to participate as a community partner in the Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise.

  • Each community partner selects and registers five (5) families from the communities in which they serve, that are in need of a holiday blessing.

  • Holiday Dinner Baskets and Holiday Gift Bags are assembled by our volunteers for each of the registered families.

  • Each community organization is given a scheduled time, date and location to pick up the food baskets and gifts to be delivered to their respective families.

  • As a special element of surprise, five (5) Philadelphia families are selected to receive a personal delivery by Malcolm Jenkins, members of the Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Eagles teammates.