Holiday Programs

The Mike Peterson Foundation takes pride in giving back in Mike's hometown and current NFL city, especially during the holiday season. During this time of year, people experience a wide array of challenges, especially financially and it's our desire is to show them that someone cares enough to plant into their lives. The Mike Peterson Foundation holds two annual holiday events: the Thanksgiving Food Giveaway and a local shopping event, now known as Shop with D-Block ( previously named Linebackers Give Back).

Surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday, the foundation holds a food distribution for pre-selected families in Mike's hometown of Alachua, FL. The families, receive an entire Thanksgiving meal to feed their family, complete with all the fixin's including a turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, rolls, dessert and more. The families, selected by the guidance counselors at their respective schools, wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, yet alone receive a hot meal. The goal is that through the meal provided by the foundation, they be lifted and encouraged during this special family time of year.

At Christmas, Shop with D-Block has become one of the most exciting events of the year. Mike and his linebacker teammates take underprivileged kids shopping at a local retail store. The kids have the opportunity to spend time with an NFL player, a once in a lifetime experience. This event brings out the best in the kids and players, leaving for a night full of laughter and smiles. Though the time spent may be brief, everyone leaves with a little more joy and a little more peace and there's no doubt that a tremendous impact has been made in the lives of the youth. Through our efforts around the holidays, the goal of the Mike Peterson Foundation is to bring families together and provide memorable experiences for everyone that we touch.