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Godtel represented in the Pineywoods Showdown by Nacogdoches Co. girls

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Homelessness might seem like a big city problem, but it also affects East Texans as well, which is why Godtel is hoping to benefit from the sixth annual Pineywoods Showdown.

Every day, Godtel becomes a beacon of hope for the homeless.

"To see people here, it is like surreal that there are people out there that need a place to go and need food," Cherino player Justice Lockett said.

Godtel has three offices in East Texas with the oldest being in Nacogdoches. The non-profit offers a hot meal and shelter to those in need. They also have daily bible studies for the residents. The group tries to bring as many in.

"I didn't want to be on the street so I asked them if they would give us a place to stay and he said come on in, the door is always open," resident Edna Carrillo said

The staff has extra help from time to time. Nacogdoches All-Star coach Ashley Brown said she has her team at Central Heights come out once a month to help. Brown said the love the residents offer is something amazing, which is why she asked the all-stars to come out as well.

"This is their home and they welcomed us into their home," Brown said. "They are full of love."

"There's a lot of good that is in this other than basketball," James Lockett said. "It is reaching out to help Godtel. It gives the kids something they can strive on here and take to the next level in life."

The players and their parents say they learned a valuable lesson.

"[The charity] teaches them that you don't have to have a lot of money and that your time is just as valuable," Rusty Lee said.

"You don't have to have money," Cherino player Lauren Lee. "Time is really all people need."

For the charity, the chance to be represented in the annual Pineywoods Showdown is an answer to God's promise.

"One of the things the scripture says is to clothe those that are naked and feed those that are hungry and whatever way to have them come in and do this for us is humbling," Godtel staff member Ricky Allen said.

The Nacogdoches Girls All-Stars will be representing Godtel in the sixth annual Pineywoods Showdown on April 18 at Central Heights High School. Game time is 6 pm. Tickets are $5. The game will be immediately followed by the boys match up.

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