It was ‘A Good Thanksgiving’

Felicia Haney | 12/4/2013, 9:13 a.m.
“I knew what was happening when I got off of the freeway and saw everyone in line,” Jarvis said. “I ...

Cleveland Cavaliers Jarrett Jack and C.J. Miles teamed up with Cavs DJ Steph Floss – one half of the Good Guys – to bring Cleveland a Good Thanksgiving. The Good Guys, DJ Steph Floss and DJ Meel, did a good service by providing 500 turkeys to Clevelanders in need. In true “New Jack City” fashion, the turkeys were distributed at two locations – B&M Bar-B-Que, 3965 Lee Road in Cleveland, and Next, 4779 Northfield Road – via a U-HAUL truck. Sliding door comes open and turkeys came flying out assembly line style. Although distribution time was scheduled between 2-4 p.m. at the first location and 5-6 p.m. at the second location, the lines started to form around noon full of hopeful turkey take homers waiting in the 20-something-odd-degree temperature.

Fortunately for participants, there was enough hot chocolate to go around. And even more fortunate for this reporter, I was able to snag the last cup! I didn’t manage to get my hands on one of those turkeys, but I did speak with someone who did. Bearing a big grin and toting his turkey back to the car, I caught up with Jarvis Noble after hearing him utter aloud…“man, I lucked up on a turkey.” Jarvis is new to the Cleveland area out of Chicago and was looking forward to enjoying his “welcome to Cleveland” present on Turkey Day. A gift he happened to stumble upon just driving by. “I knew what was happening when I got off of the freeway and saw everyone in line,” Jarvis said. “I needed a turkey too, so I decided to pull over and join the crowd.”

Good decision Jarvis. The Next location where he received his turkey only handed out 50 birds due to the overwhelming response at B&M two hours prior where 450 turkeys were distributed. Lucky for Jarvis he was in the right place at the right time to get blessed by some of the city’s good guys. When asked how he planned to prepare his turkey for the big day, Jarvis replied, “I’m going to put a whole bunch of seasoning on it and let it slow grind in the oven on about 300.” Although the Chi-Town native has a few family members here locally, the self-proclaimed loner said he planned to spend his first Thanksgiving in Cleveland at home, alone watching football.

When it was all said and done and all the turkeys were gone, all those who helped make the event possible were treated to dinner at B&M Bar-B-Que’s Maple Heights location. Good food provided by good dudes makes for one Good Thanksgiving. Sounds like a recipe for success.