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DBU Basketball Team Serves Local Community
for Christmas

December 16, 2011 | by Kalie Lowrie

DBU freshman basketball player Donovan Bridgeforth bags sweet potatoes to help distribute for the North Texas Food Bank

Dallas, TX – Before heading home for Christmas break this year, members of the Dallas Baptist University Patriot Basketball Team partnered with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) on December 16 to provide produce and perishable items to families through the “Food 4 Families” program. Although it was a chilly December morning, that did not delay families from lining up for the “drive-thru” service. Neither rain nor cold, the NTFB coordinator shared with the DBU students, would deter recipients from coming to distribution sites early on these mornings.

“There is no more basic need than good food,” said Head Basketball Coach Blake Flickner. “’The ‘Food 4 Families’ program provides nutritious food to families in need. Others donated of their resources to provide the food. The least we could do is to be here as the next step in the process of distributing that food to these families."

The players came early that morning to help bag vegetables to be handed out. They then stood in lines passing out the food to individuals who had qualified for vouchers. As cars passed by, receiving bags of produce including sweet potatoes, grapefruit, clementines, onions, and baked goods, the DBU players wished individuals a very Merry Christmas.

The DBU Patriot Basketball team served at the “Food 4 Families” program through the North Texas Food Bank on Friday, December 16.

“We were glad to come out and serve the community,” said senior DBU student Armie Lewis. “We came out today to spread Christ’s love by representing the University and the basketball team.”

While they are great student-athletes, the DBU basketball players are also servant leaders. The basketball team has donated numerous hours of service to the NTFB over the course of the semester, helping sort donations and organize the food pantry.

“We have had a strong relationship with the North Texas Food Bank,” said Coach Flickner. “We really believe in the work they are doing in our community. Being a part of DBU Basketball is a special privilege and we know that there is nothing in our lives that we have not received from someone else. Because we've received so much, we want to give of our time and resources to someone else.”
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