All-Star Giveback Brings it Back to Community

Local television reporter Anu Prakash gives out a turkey during a recent volunteer event.

Credit: Aaron J. Thornton


This is the season of giving, and Tarence Wheeler, his non-profit along with more than 150 volunteers did just that on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Wheeler organized the 23rd Annual All-Star Giveback: Thanksgiving Edition in River Rouge recently, handing out over 2,500 turkeys, canned and boxed goods, fresh produce, light bulbs, and even gloves and mittens to the community.  The event took place at River Rouge High School and included corporate sponsors Target, Marathon, and others.

Wheeler opened the event with remarks to the volunteers in the morning and the line of cars was still streaming, well after 1 p.m.

RIVER ROUGE, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 23: The 2021 Allstar Giveback: Thanksgiving Edition at River Rouge High School on November 23, 2021 in River Rouge, MI. (Photo by Aaron J.)

“This is definitely a success and a blessing for many,” said one volunteer during the event.

This year, a special guest volunteer was spotted handing out items with the group and talking to community members that came out.  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Giveback.  Also spotted at the event donating their time for a good cause were Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, former Pistons’ Earl Cureton and James “Budda” Edwards, former NBA player and Detroiter Derrick Coleman, Judge Craig Strong, and local Television Reporter Anu Prakash.

For more information about the Tarence Wheeler Foundation, you can  visit


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