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Kings help local families celebrate Thanksgiving

This time of year, the Sacramento Kings give back to the community frequently. This week, the team hosted a dinner at the practice facility for lower-income families. Players were there to dish out food and chat with visitors.

It's easy to be cynical about the NBA's charitable efforts, and especially so in Sacramento, where it often seems as if a certain clan uses their philanthropy to paper over their philandering. But the Kings really do some excellent work in the community, and this time of year is a perfect example. The video above is from the team's annual dinner for local families in need. The Kings put on a full Thanksgiving feast for lower-income families, with players and coaches dishing out the food and chatting up the visitors.

The team will have more events throughout the holiday season, including toy distribution for local kids. It's all very warming, and it really is something the community will miss if the Kings were to move. The Kings have donated millions and millions of dollars to local charities in the past decade, and individual players do quite a bit on their own. (DeMarcus Cousins has been active with local children's hospitals. Tyreke Evans has done some great work on vision care through his partnership with VSP, and he's also been a voice for diabetes awareness. Donte Greene and Jason Thompson have held donation drives in recent years, too.)

The Kings can be a divisive topic in Sacramento, but we can all agree that the Kings organization -- from top (yes, top) to bottom -- deserve our appreciation for giving the community a helping hand. Kudos to the Sacramento Kings for brightening up the holidays for local families in need.

(This is also a gentle reminder that we're running a charity drive -- Royal Jelly 2012 -- right now, too. Hint hint.)