Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather has a lot to be thankful for this holiday. After 21 months off, he had a dominating victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in September, earning a pretty penny. Now, in recognition for his good fortune, he's giving back to less fortunate Las Vegas residents, via a toy drive and Thanksgiving feast.
"The holidays are the most important time to give back," said Mayweather. "No family should have to go hungry on Thanksgiving and no child should go without a toy on Christmas. I don't believe that food and gifts should be a luxury. They are a necessity and through our efforts, we want make this year's holiday season happier than ones before for Las Vegas residents in need."
Beginning this week, the Floyd Mayweather Foundation, in association with United States Marine Corps, started its own toy drive through 15 Toys for Tots collection bins in locations around the city of Las Vegas (see list of locations below).
The collection will continue through the month of November and end on December 11. The highlight of the drive will be an event hosted by Mayweather for family, friends and invited guests, where each person must bring a toy to donate in order to attend.
The giving doesn't stop there. He's been feeding the homeless weekly for the past several months, and will step up his efforts and serve a Thanksgiving hot meal to those same people.
On Nov. 21, the Foundation is planning a Thanksgiving feast for 250 people outdoors on Owens Ave and N. Main St. (across from the Salvation Army). Each individually wrapped hot meal will include turkey, rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, string beans, pumpkin pie, water and tea.
To top off his holiday-related contributions, Mayweather will be donating coats to the students at a local inner-city elementary school. All 318 students (pre-school through fifth grade) will be given a coat.
"I look forward to continuing our mission of making sure people who are hungry have food to eat, and that children wake up on Christmas morning with something to look forward to," Mayweather said. "Through the donation of toys, coats and food, I know we will be making the holidays a little brighter for those in need and that is the best gift of all."
TOYS FOR TOTS DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
- Expressions Salon and Spa -- 6345 South Pecos Rd. St. #103, Las Vegas, 89120
- Nail Gossip -- 4860 West Desert Inn Rd. #6, Las Vegas, NV, 89102
- Merryhill Preschool/Elementary School -- 5055 South Durango Dr. Las Vegas, NV, 89113
- North Stars Dance Academy -- 4025 North Rancho Dr. Suite#160, Las Vegas, NV, 89130
- Las Vegas Indoor Soccer -- 1400 N. Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, 89134
- Fletcher Jones Imports -- 7300 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV, 89117
- Jackie's Iced Out Barber N' Beauty -- 1100 Martin Luther King Blvd. Suite D, Las Vegas, NV, 89106
- The Jeweler's -- 2400 Western Ave. Las Vegas, NV, 89102
- Roots -- 4418 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV, 89102
- Harsch Property Management -- 3853 Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas, NV, 89102
- Harsch Property Management -- 3111 S. Valley View Blvd. Unit E-101, Las Vegas, NV, 89102
- Harsch Property Management -- 6285 Dean Martin Dr. Suite A23, Las Vegas, NV, 89118
- 1st Commerce Bank -- 5135 Camino Al Norte Rd. Ste 100, N. Las Vegas, NV, 89031
- Findlay Cadillac-Saab -- 933 Auto Show Dr. Las Vegas, NV, 89106