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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


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August 21, 2013 - Working as a team can win a game.

But in Clarkston it can do more. So much more - it can also feed a community.

The gridiron heroes drove through neighborhoods and knocked on doors last Friday to collect donations for Lighthouse Emergency Services for their 16th Annual Rush for Food.

Well, the JV and varsity players drove through the neighborhoods. The freshman players stayed behind at Lighthouse. They receive a tour of the establishment, were educated on what Lighthouse does and why they need the food.

Then, the freshmen sorted all the food the upperclassmen brought in.

This year they sorted 6,397 pounds of food. That's right - over 6,000 pounds of food was donated by you, the Clarkston community. The goal was 5,000 pounds.

Kudos to the players! Kudos to you in the community!

I begin my sixth year with The Clarkston News in October which means I have seen five Rush for Foods up to now and every year it gets more exciting. It is the same for Football for a Cure and when the players share their stories.

Why? Because even though prices keep rising on food and gas, and people need more help financially other people are willing to donate at least one bag of food or donate to McLaren Breast Center and McLaren Cancer Institute.

For Rush for Food, the players started with the donations. Each year before heading out to the neighborhoods they have dinner. The players brough at least one bag of food with donations from home. Over 80 players contributed over 1,600 pounds of food.

It is also great to talk to the players and hear they want to continue to help Lighthouse after they graduate. For them it isn't just a yearly event - they want to keep going. You can, too.

Lighthouse feeds families throughout the year not just holidays. If you want to donate, stop by. It's located at 6330 Sashabaw Road, south of Waldon Road.

The players continue to work as a team this week as each team opens the season against Rochester Adams.

As they head into the first games of the season, what are you excited for this season? Share it with us. If you are on Twitter just answer then put @CNewsWRSports.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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