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Blazers' Harvest Dinner feeds city's homeless

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

For the 17th year, the Portland Trail Blazers helped the city's low-income and homeless families by serving up a Thanksgiving dinner in October.

The team served more than 5,000 people last night at its annual dinner. 

The Blazers also partnered with others in the community. Providence Health & Services provided free flu shots. There was also a free dental clinic, and guests could also get free hair cuts, family photos and even veterinary care for their pets.

"Blazers fans and the Blazers players are really one big family and it shows on a day like this," said Mike Rice, the Blazers' television analyst.

According to the Oregon Food Bank, 270,000 Oregon residents rely on emergency food boxes each month.

The goal of the harvest dinner each year is to raise awareness around this issue and bring together community partners to serve those in need.

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