Spreading Some Holiday Cheer

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: November 26, 2008

Colts HOUSTON — Houston Texans players Andre Johnson, Dunta Robinson and DeMeco Ryans in partnership with H-E-B, gave thanks by giving back to the greater Houston community by providing Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings for 750 families.

The three players helped to pass out dinners along with teammate Travis Johnson, The Kolache Factory, Frenchy’s Chicken, Texas Southern University Law students, Toro and Houston Texans cheerleaders, who all volunteered their time in the Teal Lot across from Reliant Stadium.

Families were pre-selected from various agencies with the assistance of the Houston Food Bank, including the Houston Area Women’s Center, Houston Housing Resource, Inc., Community Family Center, Third Ward Multi-Service Center, Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, and Gleaning from the Harvest-Galveston.

“I’m achieving what I never believed was possible,” Robinson said. “I feel good about giving back to the community. Giving back to the community is my way of expressing my gratitude-to say thanks for my family and health.”

About 50 members of various H-E-B stores throughout the greater Houston area volunteered their time by assisting with the distribution of bags, turkeys, and delivery.

“It’s incredible to have H-E-B come out and help us again this year,” Ryans stated. “They not only donated food, but they also sent many volunteers to come out and lend a helping hand with our efforts.”

H-E-B has been an integral part of the Thanksgiving projects that the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation and the DeMeco Ryans Foundation have been involved in. This year they were joined by the Dunta Robinson Foundation.

“We are all blessed to be in a position to give,” Johnson said. “Many families are faced with economic hardships and have lost their homes due to Hurricane Ike.”

“This is our time to stand up and help our community more than ever before.”