MIAMI (CBS4)- Former Miami Heat super star Alonzo Mourning is changing people’s lives, one meal at a time.

Through his charity he is giving away hundreds of meals to less fortunate families this Thanksgiving ensuring they have a hot plate of food on Thursday.

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What started out 11 years ago with Thanksgiving deliveries to only 33 homes has since grown to over 500 deliveries to families in need throughout South Florida.

“We as responsible adults have to be change we want to see in the world,” Mourning said.

The boxes contain turkey, apple cranberry cobbler, mashed potatoes, corn bread dressing, gravy and cranberry sauce.

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One box is equivalent to about $40, which for many families, is too high of a price tag.

“This year it’s been hard for me and my kids, being a single mom and everything, so this is wonderful,” said one mother.

A group of woman who walked to the Overtown Youth Center to receive their box of food were surprised by another generous act by Zo.  He lent his own car to one of his volunteers to drive all the women home.

“That’s the only way we are gonna fix things. We can’t sit back and wait for our government to do it we have to do it ourselves,” Mourning said.

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For more information on how you can contribute or to volunteer your organization, please contact Nile Patrick at Alonzo Mourning Charities at (305) 476-0095 or