For the second straight year, Kennedy took time out on Tuesday to serve a Thanksgiving meal to the homeless at the City Union Mission Men’s Center near downtown Kansas City.

“I love it because a year ago, we heard what the Mission does with the Men’s Center and the Family Center,” Kennedy said. “It’s kind of become a tradition with our family. Once a week, we serve the Family City Union with our kids and my wife.

“We don’t get to spend a lot of time with the Men’s Center, but we did this here last year and really enjoyed it. We really like their mission, and their goals and their passion. We love it.”

For Kennedy, it’s a way to stay connected to the community, especially with those less fortunate.

“You do feel connected when you do this,” he said. “Sometimes, you get stuck in your own little bubble. There are a lot of things going on in the city where you can help. My faith is really important to me, so this is important. It’s not only about giving them food, but to give them a sense of faith.”

Kennedy and his family have done service like this in previous cities he played in, but not on this scale.

“In Arizona, we did some things,” Kennedy said. “But once we got here, with what the Royals do in their community, it’s different from other teams. It’s so much more. So we decided to jump right in.”

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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