The North Texas Food Bank and the Dallas Stars put together a volunteer event for the Stars and Stars Fans, dubbed "Reach For The Stars", and the first collaborative event proved to be a huge success. Stars Captain Brenden Morrow
, Defenseman Trevor Daley
, and Goaltender Andrew Raycroft took part in the event, which turned into a friendly competition among the teammates. This competitive spirit was displayed right off the bat as Morrow welcomed all the Fans to the food bank by saying "For those of you who are on my team, I hope that you all are ready to win, because I'm a pretty competitive guy!"
The group of fans broke off into three teams, each "captained" by a Stars player, and walked back into the food bank's warehouse where three large tables were stocked full of nonperishable, kid-friendly, nutritious food for the food bank's "Food 4 Kids" program. Many children face hunger over the weekend, when there is no access to meals prepared at school. The Food 4 Kids program helps to eliminate this problem by providing backpacks to children on Friday afternoons to last throughout the weekend. The program currently serves over 325 schools in 32 school districts across Colin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Hunt, Rockwall, and Kaufman counties. Over 8,000 children are currently receiving a backpack each week.
"We are so thrilled to be partnered with the Dallas Stars through the Reach for the Stars campaign this year! It’s so exciting to see such well-established players take the time out of their day to truly make a difference in children’s lives. " said Kristen Sweat, event partnerships coordinator at North Texas Food Bank.
The three teams each had about 45 minutes to compete to see who could stuff the most bags of food to be put into the backpacks, and each team came up with their own theories and techniques to try and take home the “W”. In the end, Team Raycroft was the big winner of the challenge, as his team packed 546 bags of food, which is equal to 2,184 meals.
"I really enjoyed this event, because not only are you doing something that will have an immediate impact on children in the North Texas community, but we get to work one on one with our fans to do so," commented Raycroft, captain of the winning team.
Team Morrow came in second place with 511 bags for 2044 meals, and Team Daley was as a close third, packing 507 bags for 2016 meals.
" It was really fun to get out here and see a lot of our fans who are our biggest supporters, and take an evening off of worrying about hockey and focus on helping children in our community. I was glad to represent the Stars at this event, it was a lot of fun!" Said Dallas Stars team captain, Brenden Morrow
Altogether, the Dallas Stars "Reach for the Stars" event was a very productive, fun, and successful event, as the Stars team finished the day contributing a total of 6,244 meals to the North Texas Food Bank. While Raycroft was thrilled with his big victory, the real winner, of course, was the North Texas Food Bank and all the great volunteers who helped make the event a success.