MOODY, Texas (KWTX) Twenty-five members of Moody High School’s varsity and junior varsity girls’ basketball teams made some Christmas wishes come true this week for a local family.
Twenty-five members of Moody High School’s varsity and junior varsity girls’ basketball teams made some Christmas wishes come true this week for a local family. (Courtesy photo)
The girls delivered gifts they purchased with money raised at bake sales at every home game this season to a single grandmother in Moody who is raising two elementary-school-aged granddaughters alone.
“I think it's very important to teach our kids it's not about us,” said head varsity coach Jan Forrest.
“It's not about basketball. It's about life.”
The labor of love was truly a team effort.
Players’ parents manned the bake sales during the games in which their daughters were playing.
“We have a lot of great people in Moody,” Forrest said.
“I couldn't ask for any better people.”
The girls raised money throughout the season and on Sunday they all attended church together before heading out to shop for the family they learned of through contacting other schools within Moody.
By the end of the shopping spree they had checked off every Christmas wish including virtual visors, headphones, video games, makeup, bath products, backpacks and even iPads for both girls.
But the team also wanted to make sure the young girls’ grandmother felt the love this Christmas.
“Grandma wanted perfume so got her a real nice bottle of perfume,” Forrest said.
“And we got her a real nice, cozy blanket. We even had some money left over so we put our money left over into a card so we could help with Christmas dinner and groceries.”
Sophomore player Colbi Goodwin said the project really embodies the spirit of her team.
“We care and we love each and every person in Moody and want to give back to them,” she said.
The feeling was echoed by player Tanna Pruett.
“We feel like everyone in our community is part of our family and we want to take care of everyone,” she said.
Player Darian Rogers agreed that the act of service was about so much more than basketball.
“We wanted to show the community that it’s not just about us, it’s about everyone. We have a big belief and a team dynamic about family,” Rogers said.
The grandmother was excited and grateful for the gifts and let the team know her granddaughters will be shocked come Christmas morning, just as she was by their act of love.
“Their tree is going to be packed Christmas morning,” Forrest said.
“And that’s what this team is all about.”