TCU Football Makes Big Play For Presbyterian Night Shelter

Jan. 2, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Five players, head coach Gary Patterson and his wife Kelsey, and members of the Albertsons team were part of a TCU football contingent that made a recent tour of the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth.

Quarterback Andy Dalton, safety Stephen Hodge, defensive end Jerry Hughes, offensive guard Giles Montgomery and linebacker Jason Phillips made time for the visit. Chad Ellis, store director, and Michael Moore and Randy Buie, department managers, delivered over 6,000 pounds of turkey from Albertsons.

"It was a very humbling experience for all of us," said Hodge, a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection and TCU's Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl win over Boise State. "We enjoyed the opportunity to make the visit and see people provided with a nice holiday meal."

At the start of the season, Albertsons and Honeysuckle White made a pledge to donate a turkey to the Presbyterian Night Shelter for every point the TCU football team scored in the 2008 campaign. The Gary Patterson Foundation then matched the commitment.

The Horned Frogs responded on the gridiron by scoring a school-record 420 points in the regular season, providing the Presbyterian Night Shelter with 840 turkeys which equated to over 12,000 pounds.

The Turkeys for Touchdowns partnership will feed the homeless throughout the holiday season and for months to come.

"At Albertsons, our commitment to the community extends past the four walls of our store," said William Emmons, president of the DFW division. "We know that many people are struggling to make ends meet this year, and we give our sincere thanks to Honeysuckle White and the Gary Patterson Foundation who made this gift of turkeys to the Presbyterian Night Shelter more plentiful than we could have imagined."

The Presbyterian Night Shelter is the largest homeless provider in Tarrant County and the only free emergency shelter in Fort Worth. PNS serves more than 700 homeless men, women and children daily and totals 3,000 individuals annually.

In addition to providing basic human care and case management, the Presbyterian Night Shelter also provides a hot meal every evening.

"The Shelter is thrilled about the generous donation and the idea hatched by Albertsons and the Gary Patterson Foundation to send turkeys to the homeless for each point scored during the football season," said Lyndsay Hoover, public relations and development director for the Presbyterian Night Shelter. "It gave our homeless clients just one more reason to cheer for their home team."

The main shelter for the Presbyterian Night Shelter is located at 2400 Cypress Street in Fort Worth. The Shelter must raise more than $200,000 annually to purchase food and supplies and to run the kitchen.



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