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Cardinals Help Feed the Hungry

November 20, 2008

There was a buzz in the air Tuesday night as people lined up for dinner at Phoenix Rescue Mission. A few kids had footballs to sign and many people had Cardinals hats and gear. They were waiting for the Cardinals to arrive for their annual “Help Feed the Hungry” Thanksgiving holiday dinner at the Mission.

They weren’t disappointed. This year, Kurt Warner and his teammates, Jerheme Urban, Elliot Vallejo, Brian St. Pierre and Alex Shor along with Cardinals staff and family members came out a week early to serve dinner in the Mission dining hall. The event is normally held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but the Cardinals will be traveling to Philadelphia early next week to meet the Eagles on the field Thursday.

Our crowd didn’t seem to mind a bit. All through dinner, the players were greeted with big smiles and requests for pictures and autographs from men, women and children as they served them a traditional holiday meal.

Kurt Warner has been coming down to serve at the Mission since he became a Cardinal back in 2005. He shared his thoughts on the evening with the Official Site of the Arizona Cardinals,

“Sometimes you are amazed because you know the difficult situations these people are in, yet they have followed us, telling us how good we are doing or they would love to see us beat this team or that team. You know you are impacting lives by coming down and doing this. As professional athletes, we complain a lot about the lifestyles we have, and this keeps it in perspective. The bottom line is, the (players) in there, they say we are here for a bigger purpose.”

The Mission is grateful the Cardinals chose to spend their evening with us, serving those in need. Said our Director of Outreach, Nicole Pena, “This is really about hope. A lot of people we deal with have been told they are worthless most of their lives. To have Kurt Warner come up and serve you a plate of food, that really touches your heart.”

Click here to read the full article on the Cardinals website.

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