A busy day for the Ravens in their community

It has been a busy day for some Ravens' players as they made appearances throughout the community to help out those who are less fortunate.

It started today at 10 a.m. when Jameel McClain attended the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. At the fundraiser McClain distributed awards to various organizations as part of the festivities to launch the 38-day fundraising campaign.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, Anquan Boldin, Matt Lawrence and Tony Moll joined O's 2B Brian Roberts, Harlem Globetrotter Choo Choo Smith and Baltimore City Council president Jack Young to distribute coats and cold weather gear to Baltimore men in need. This was all a part of the Ravens and the Lady Ravens Association's seventh-annual Coat Giveaway at the Helping Up Mission Homeless Shelter in Baltimore.

In possibly the most entertaining event of the day, Derrick Mason visited the Blakehurst Retirement Community, kicking off the third season of his karaoke tour. Mason was accompanied by a DJ, a few teammates and Ravens staff to host his trademark karaoke party for residents and staff.

As we speak, Ravens' TE Ed Dickson is visiting St. James Academy, an after-school tutorial and cultural enrichment program for Baltimore City youth. Dickson will offer encouragement to the students and speak to them about positive decision making until 5 p.m..

While the Ravens are always active in the community, it is this time of the year when the team really helps out those in need. With the winter coming, and Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, the Ravens really step up this time of year. You have to give credit where it due.