Canty thankful to give

For Chris Canty, this was more than a photo op.

Canty and a few other Giants showed up at the Food Bank for New York City in West Harlem on Tuesday to unload some turkeys and serve hot meals to those in need.

Oftentimes, athletes will show up, shake a few hands, take a few pictures and hit the road at these events.

But not Canty.

Not only did he unload turkeys and serve meals, but he greeted patrons individually, shaking hands, smiling and taking pictures with whoever was interested in doing so.

"You never know how far this goes for them," the defensive lineman said.

For Canty, community service is a family affair.

His mother, Shirley, recalled childhood days in South Carolina when she would help her grandfather deliver food to families in need. Shirley, an ordained minister at the United Baptist Church, made sure that her sons in turn knew the importance of helping others.

"We realized what was really important when we gave to others," Chris' older brother, Sekou said at the Food Bank on Tuesday.

Added Chris: "Just to be able to put a smile on their face, to be able to serve them a meal, people who really really need it, it puts a smile on my face .... Today, everybody's winning."

Canty, Jim Cordle, Ramses Barden and Kevin Boothe served turkey on Tuesday to 434 patrons at the Food Bank. Canty plans to participate in other service-based activities this season. Through The Chris Canty Foundation, the lineman plans to host an event next month to give away toys to underprivileged children in the Bronx.

"It touches me," Canty said. "It's special to be able to do that and give back to the community.... And it also helps me because it takes my mind off of work for a few hours."