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CMS Cross Country Teams Volunteer with Tarrant Area Food Bank

Jan 13, 2016 07:56AM ● By Audrey Sellers

CMS boys' and girls' Cross Country teams volunteer with Tarrant Area Food Bank

January 9, 2016 was a blustery day (the coldest in 10 months, according to local news stations), but it didn’t stop the Carroll Middle School (CMS) Cross Country teams from lending a helping hand. Seventy-two student athletes from the boys’ and girls’ teams loaded on buses and journeyed to South Ft. Worth for a morning of volunteering with the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB).

This was the  teams’ second-annual philanthropy event with the nonprofit, which is the primary source of donated food for hunger-relief charities and feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. In a typical week, TAFB serves more than 50,000 individuals; in a typical month, it serves more than 53,000 households.

“For the past two years, our Cross Country teams have adopted the food bank as a team philanthropy event. I’m always amazed at what it does for the community, and I’m proud of our Dragons for stepping up to serve those in need,” says Boys’ Cross Country Coach Zach Sellers.

Claire Stephens, girls’ Cross Country coach, says: “I was impressed by the attitudes of our kids. They all wanted to help in every way possible, with smiles on their faces even in the freezing weather.”

She adds: “Coach Sellers does a great job setting up the event for our kids. They come back thankful and wanting to volunteer again.” 

Altogether, the CMS Cross Country teams served several hundred families, helping to distribute goods, carry items and stock donated materials.

Click here to learn more about the CMS Cross Country philanthropy event and other upcoming opportunities through Dragons Helping Others.