Miami Heat partners with Pepsi, others to provide gifts and food to 12 M-DCPS families

MIAMI (WSVN) - ‘Tis the season for giving and the Miami Heat, along with several other companies, are doing just that.

On Wednesday, the Miami Heat, Pepsi, TD Bank, FedEx and Comcast helped 12 Miami-Dade County Public Schools students and their families.

“You just trying to make a difference,” Miami Heat legend Glen Rice said. “That’s what it’s all about. You get an opportunity, and you see someone express their joy of meeting you. They don’t understand that we get the same joy when we get an opportunity to meet them. For me, it’s a blessing.”

They participated in a drive-thru distribution outside of the AmericanAirlines Arena where the families will receive several gifts and food items just in time for Christmas.

Gifts include a holiday gift bag from FedEx, an eight-month internet service subscription and a Chromebook laptop from Comcast, JBL headphones, toys and even Miami Heat gear and basketballs.

A total of 500 additional students will also receive eight months of internet access.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was eager to hand out gifts to students.

“When you provide a family, not just a child, but the entire family, connectivity for eight months, that’s powerful,” Carvalho said.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava also took part in the distribution.

“I tell you it is just joyful to be here helping these young people who are really working hard,” Levine Cava said. “They’re all in a mentoring program. They’re doing well in school. They’ve got a scholarship coming their way, so it’s not just about the holidays for them. It’s about a brighter future.”

Miami Heat mascot Burnie was also in attendance at the drive-thru distribution.

The Miami Heat will be playing against the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m.

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