Warriors Giving Back Through “Plays for the Holidays”

By Dan Brown (dbrown@mercurynews.com)

As a few in-need families found out Monday, one of the perks of going grocery shopping with a Warriors player is that they can reach stuff of the top shelf.

One group had Festus Ezeli — all 6-foot-11 of him — at its disposal, while another settled for 6-foot-7 Richard Jefferson. “My mom used to make me get all the tall stuff, too,” Jefferson told one boy. “Don’t worry, man.”

By the time they were done, Ezeli, Jefferson and handful of other Warriors had grabbed so much that the shopping carts overlflowed.

“Just trying to do good in the community,” Ezeli said. “That’s what it’s about.”

Each player helped one family walk away with enough goods to make a Thanksgiving meal and then some. As the kick-off event for the Warriors’ holiday outreach campaign, Lucky donated $350 gift cards to each family.

The players earned their assist by helping kids pick out the best turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Jefferson even saw the process all the way through by donning an apron at the checkout aisle and insisting on being called “Checker No. 5.”

“It’s good to help families, especially the families that support you on a day-to-day basis,” Jefferson said.

Others to participate Monday were Carl Landry, Draymond Green and assistant coach Michael Malone. The Warriors will hold at least 14 more “Plays for the Holidays” events through December, including toy drives and serving food at homeless shelters. Each Warriors player will participate at least once.

Marcus Thompson