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Giving away turkeys: Poole, Cricket Wireless partner to give back for Thanksgiving

LaGrange native and two-time Super Bowl champion Tyrone Poole gave away turkeys with his foundation Tuesday at Cricket Wireless on Commerce Avenue. The Tyrone Poole 38 Foundation partnered with the telecommunication company to give away turkeys to the community this year.

In only half an hour, most of the turkeys were gone.

“We have already given away probably 75 percent of the turkeys,” Poole said. “We have a few left, but I don’t think that we’re actually going to be around until 5 o’clock. It goes from 3 to 5, but people have been coming in, and it’s just a great thing people have been coming in and getting the turkeys.”

Poole also gave out turkeys in Atlanta this week. He said he wants the foundation to not only help people in LaGrange, but also around the world.

“Thanksgiving is actually to me every day, but whenever you help someone to enjoy Thanksgiving, that’s what it’s all about,” Poole said. “It’s the spirit of the year giving things and helping people out.”

LaGrange Cricket Wireless store manager Brittany Lancaster said they were excited to work with Poole and to give back to the community.

“Giving back to the community is important because you don’t know what other people’s lives are like,” Lancaster said.

Poole said his foundation is based around community and giving back.

“When I first established the Tyrone Poole 38 Foundation, it was just my name and my football number was 38,” Poole said. “But over the years, God has given me revelation about the Tyrone Poole 38 Foundation. The three represents beginning, middle and end. The three also represents trinity. The number eight represents balance, it represents beginning and if you turned the eight sideways it’s the actual symbol for infinity. So, the Tyrone Poole 38 foundation is here to help people mentally, spiritually and physically, and we are going to be here forever to help them gain balance.”

Poole, a cornerback, played in the NFL for 13 seasons for five different teams. He won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.