Last weekend, the Louisville Metro Police Foundation teamed up with 2017 first-round MLB draft pick and top Los Angeles Angels prospect Jo Adell for the second annual Jo Adell Turkey Drive in Louisville. Instead of serving warrants, LMPD officers collaborated with Adell to serve Thanksgiving meals to families in need in his hometown.
On November 16, Adell and LMPD officers surprised several community members at their homes with meal deliveries consisting of turkey, stuffing and canned goods. Adell introduced himself to one resident, stating, “I am Jo Adell and this is the LMPD.” Then a couple days later on November 18, Adell, LMPD officers and other volunteers joined together at Newburg Middle School, where Adell’s mother is the school principal, to continue giving out meals to 250 community members.
Despite knocking on a lot of doors throughout the years for not so positive reasons, one lieutenant admitted that these Thanksgiving visits make his day. The holiday serves as a reminder of the power of compassion and our responsibility to help those who struggle to afford the things many of us take for granted, such as a good Thanksgiving meal.
While Adell spends much of his time training in Florida, he enjoys returning home to host his annual turkey drive and give back to his community during the holidays. "I love to get out in the community and make a difference just anyway that I can do that at home...I do that at home, because this is where I grew up," he stated.
In addition to his turkey drive, the 19-year-old outfielder, who declared his commitment to the University of Louisville before signing a contract with the Angels, hosted a two-day baseball camp last month for local kids at his alma mater, Ballard High School. With a deep love for his community, Adell always finds time to visit his hometown to interact with his Louisville family and make a positive difference.