NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Homelessness might seem like a big city problem, but italso affects East Texans as well, which is why Godtel is hoping to benefit from the sixth annual Pineywoods Showdown.
Every day, Godtel becomes abeacon of hope for the homeless.
"To see people here, itis like surreal that there are people out there that need a place to go andneed food," Cherino player Justice Lockett said.
Godtel has three offices inEast Texas with the oldest being in Nacogdoches. The non-profit offers a hot mealand shelter to those in need. They also have daily bible studies for theresidents. The group tries to bring as many in.
"I didn't want to be onthe street so I asked them if they would give us a place to stay and he saidcome on in, the door is always open," resident Edna Carrillo said
The staff has extra helpfrom time to time. Nacogdoches All-Star coach Ashley Brown said she has herteam at Central Heights come out once a month to help. Brown said the love theresidents offer is something amazing, which is why she asked the all-stars tocome out as well.
"This is their home andthey welcomed us into their home," Brown said. "They are full of love."
"There's a lot of goodthat is in this other than basketball," James Lockett said. "It is reaching outto help Godtel. It gives the kids something they can strive on here and take tothe next level in life."
The players and theirparents say they learned a valuable lesson.
"[The charity] teachesthem that you don't have to have a lot of money and that your time is just asvaluable," Rusty Lee said.
"You don't have to havemoney," Cherino player Lauren Lee. "Time is really all people need."
For the charity, the chanceto be represented in the annual Pineywoods Showdownis an answer to God's promise.
"One of the things thescripture says is to clothe those that are naked and feed those that are hungryand whatever way to have them come in and do this for us is humbling," Godtelstaff member Ricky Allen said.
The Nacogdoches Girls All-Stars will be representingGodtel in the sixth annual Pineywoods Showdown on April 18 at Central HeightsHigh School. Game time is 6 pm. Tickets are $5. The game will be immediately followedby the boys match up.