DALLAS—Nurturing a new tradition, the Dallas Baptist University Athletic Department took part in the Feast of Sharing, hosted by HEB and Central Market. The fifth annual feast fed thousands of people, many of whom were bused to Fair Park from area shelters and community centers.
"The DBU student-athletes had the unique privilege to serve at the Feast of Sharing for the third straight year," said DBU Director of Athletics Ryan Erwin.
"This event is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to show Christ's love in action. HEB and Central Market always do a great job in organizing the event, and it was a blessing and truly amazing to watch these young men and women serve as 'Champions for Christ' in the community," Erwin said.
More than 175 student-athletes, coaches and staff from all 20 of the Patriot athletic teams joined with hundreds of other volunteers at Fair Park in Dallas to offer their services throughout the afternoon and evening. Student-athletes served food, bused tables, took out trash and visited with thousands of homeless and less-fortunate people from all over the Dallas area.
"The Feast of Sharing was a great opportunity to share the gospel with our Dallas community. It was amazing to see how broad an impact we can have with simply being in a place where we can be used for God's glory," senior baseball player Landon Anderson said.
The feast featured approximately 2,500 pounds of sliced turkey, 350 gallons of mashed potatoes, 1,800 pounds of cornbread dressing, 9,000 rolls and 900 pumpkin pies. The goal of the event was to feed about 10,000 people.
Sophomore tennis player Leah Rutt said, "Feast of Sharing was a wonderful reminder of all that God has blessed us with, and it was a fantastic experience to be able to serve with my fellow teammates. I enjoyed the opportunity to serve in our community and share the joy of Christ with others."
Visitors were treated with Thanksgiving plates along with pumpkin pie, ice cream and drinks.
Aside from a traditional holiday meal, the event also offered various health services, a Kids-Zone with a bounce house, several crafts and music concerts.