University of Kentucky men's basketball Coach John Calipari and some of his players were surprise guests as nearly 500 people dined on Thanksgiving dinner at the Salvation Army in Lexington.
"It was a total surprise," said Salvation Army Maj. Debra Ashcraft. "It was an unexpected Thanksgiving blessing."
Ashcraft said not only did Calipari and the players help serve the free meals, they chatted with the dinner guests. "They were generous with their time," she said.
The players signed autographs and handed out T-shirt to kids in the crowd, Ashcraft said.
The crowd, she said, was thrilled with as they walked in the door. "The guests just started applauding."
In addition to the meals served at the Salvation Army, about 130 meals were delivered. Overall, Ashcraft said, that is an increase of 50 meals over last year. Alison Lundergan Grimes, who lost a U.S. Senate run to Mitch McConnell, also served food.