PDQ to give back to the homeless

Nov 06

The holiday season has arrived and last week our PDQ team partnered with our good friend Joe Maddon and our pals at Glory Days Grill Florida to serve more than 200 meals at Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries. Maddon, the former Tampa Bay Rays and current Los Angeles Angels Manager and his Respect 90 Foundation, provide meals to the homeless.

Maddon again partnered with our PDQ crew, backpack provider CITYPAK and sock maker DivvyUp, and a first-time sponsor Glory Days Grill to bring his Thanksmas to homeless shelters in the Tampa Bay area for the 11th year. 

As manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon hosted Thanksmas for eight years between 2006 and 2013 and provided meals, supplies and grants benefiting thousands of needy citizens from Fort Myers to Orlando. Thanksmas returned in 2017 after a three-year hiatus. In ten years, Thanksmas has provided more than 12,000 meals to local homeless shelters.

Later this month, Thanksmas will continue at six other local shelters: Homeless Empowerment Program in Clearwater; Tampa Children’s Network, Tampa Salvation Army, Sallie House in St. Petersburg, Pinellas Hope and Bradenton Salvation Army.

“None of this happens without the volunteers and the support of partners like PDQ, CITYPAK, DivvyUp and Glory Days Grill,” said Maddon. “We are so grateful to them and proud of the association we share with the managers and directors of the shelters we have visited over the past ten years.”

“Our PDQ and Glory Days Grill teams are proud to once again partner with Joe and his Respect 90 Foundation to give back to those in need in the Tampa Bay area this holiday season,” said Nick Reader, PDQ CEO and Co-Founder and Glory Days Grill Florida Partner. “We are honored to work with Joe to impact so many lives, and play a part in his tremendous work not only here locally, but in communities across the country."

"We are stoked to help out Joe Maddon and Respect 90 with their Thanksmas initiative once again,” said Jason McIntosh, Chief Operating officer and Founder of DivvyUp. “We are grateful to play a small role in the amazing work of respect 90 and Joe."

Respect 90 seeks to provide children and families opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports, academics, and community involvement in all the places the couple calls home: Chicago, IL, Tampa, FL, Mesa, AZ, Southern. CA and Joe’s hometown of Hazleton, PA. The Respect 90 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization as registered with the Internal Revenue Service and gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Thanksmas 2019