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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2008 4:30 pm | Updated: 9:07 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal and forward Amaré Stoudemire teamed up with an international hunger relief organization Saturday afternoon in Mesa to serve free food to 278 families.

SLIDESHOW: O’Neal and Stoudemire shake hands and sign autographs

Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal and forward Amaré Stoudemire teamed up with an international hunger relief organization Saturday afternoon in Mesa to serve free food to 278 families.

SLIDESHOW: O’Neal and Stoudemire shake hands and sign autographs

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby also made a surprise appearance at the event, organized by Feed The Children and Mesa-based Save the Family Foundation of Arizona.

“I am glad to be a part of this and show my face,” Dansby said. “I am happy to feed the children.”

Feed The Children is a Christian, international relief organization based in Oklahoma that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to families that lack these essentials.

As families lined up to receive their food, O’Neal, Stoudemire and Dansby shook hands and signed autographs for the children and parents.

Families at the event said Stoudemire and O’Neal make a great team on the court and in the community as well.

“Teaming up with Shaq on the court and in the community allows me to be a friend off the court and give back to the community at the same time,” Stoudemire said. “It’s a beautiful feeling.”

O’Neal said he feels like he is somebody who won the athletic lottery, and he doesn’t feel like he is above anyone else.

“Amaré and I always talk about what we can do to give back, and we just wanted to do something together in Phoenix,” O’Neal said. “It’s a blessing.”

Tasha Bills from Mesa said she has benefited from Save the Family for almost two years and is thankful she has that support from the organization.

“It was uplifting watching the players come out and shake hands,” Bills said.

Mesa resident Alaina Hopkins said having Stoudemire and O’Neal at the event was great for the children.

“My kids love watching basketball and being able to see them smile really makes it special,” she said.

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