Chargers' Tomlinson Gives Back To Community

Star RB Holds 8th Annual Turkey Giveaway

More than 2,000 local families in need received holiday help courtesy of San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The 2006 NFL MVP held his 8th annual turkey giveaway early Tuesday morning at the Wal-Mart store in Chula Vista.

The line of people wrapped through the parking lot, with many waiting several hours in the cold for a Thanksgiving meal. Tomlinson, his wife LaTorsha and other players helped make the holidays a bit brighter for struggling families.

"I think it's wonderful. I've never met L.T. before but I think for him to take the time and do this is wonderful for people," said meal recipient Roberta Hall.

"He makes a lot of people feel great about him because he's a special man and he's great," said L.T. fan Bahmarski Williams.

Tomlinson and his wife have a lot to be thankful for this holiday, including a winning season and a baby on the way. He said the turkey giveaway was his way of passing along some of that good fortune.

"I think people need to see someone who has a lot giving back to people in need. That's the most important thing we can do as athletes," said Tomlinson.

L.T. took 21 kids on a Wal-Mart shopping spree Tuesday. Eight-year-old Charles Johnson passed up the video games and Transformers toys to buy his mom a necklace.

"I really care for my mom a lot and I wanted to buy her something because she always buys me things," said Charles.

"These kids are so unselfish. A lot of them are buying gifts for their parents, and that's what you like to see. These kids could buy anything in there. They could buy something for themselves but they choose to buy something for someone else, and that's what's special," Tomlinson said.

Many of the children bought board games or movies, but most would agree their best gift was the chance to meet L.T.