Jason Terry got a day away from basketball on Sunday, but
what he spent his time doing was way more important in the big picture of life.
Terry was at Buckner Children’s Home in east Dallas to
hand out 200 turkey dinners, graciously supplied by Kroger, to families who
were selected by the home that provides care and resources to orphans and
children at risk and has been doing so for 130 years.
Terry greeted each family that drove through the turkey line
and had a large contingent of kids helping him load up the turkey dinners,
which included green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, plus a $25 gift
card to Kroger stores.
“It’s very uplifting to be able to help a family
smile,’’ Terry said. “Everybody should have a good
Thanksgiving dinner. To be able to help out a family that may not have been
able to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal means a lot to me.’’
Terry and the rest of the Mavericks will host their annual
turkey dunk Monday at American Airlines Center, where at-risk kids are given a
basketball clinic and a huge dinner courtesy of Nick & Sam’s
Terry’s foundation and the Mavericks have partnered
with Kroger’s to help an array of people.
Their visit to Buckner hit home. Having grown up just a few miles
away from the home, I passed by it hundreds of times when I was a kid, never really
thinking about the children behind the fence who were my age but had completely
different lives. To see families who are assisted by the home get help was
The Mavericks may be a little inconsistent so far this
season with their level of play. But one thing the franchise has done
consistently for years is its community service, and Terry is one of the best
on the team at giving back not only a lot of money and resources to those in
need, but a lot of his time.
In my book, that says plenty about a person.