Giving joyfully to others.
God calls us to do just that. To take our time, our talent and our treasure and help others, love others, serve others, and give back to others.
On Labor Day, Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, did just that, hosting a barbecue at Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Houston.
“We put it together in less than 24 hours,” McGrady told the Houston Chronicle. We have a lot of food, a lot of friends and family helping out. We’re going to feed the whole community. There is a lot to go around a couple times. That’s a small thing. The biggest thing is to get people away from the devastation to bring some happiness, some joyous times and some laughter. We all need that.”
The love, unity and support that has come from such devastation has been incredible to witness here in Houston! ?So thankful for all the many Hurricane Harvey relief efforts going on in our city! @clerenda.mcgrady and I are so grateful to be able to host families tomorrow with a Labor Day meal of smoked turkey, brisket, chicken, sausage, jambalaya, potato salad, baked beans and pecan pie (ummm ummm goood!) in the Third Ward/Sunnyside communities impacted by the hurricane! Grateful to partner with Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church as they serve as a hurricane distribution center where families are able to come (on Tuesday) and receive needed items. Thankful to the amazing @kachellekelly for coming to bless our day and share a word of encouragement and hope! We need YOUR help in OUR community! Clothing items are NOT needed at this time. However, please feel free to come out and bring items on this list. Thank you and God Bless you!?? #HoUStonStrong #PushThru CLEANING: Clorox Bleach Multipurpose Cleaner/ Disinfectant (Pine Sol, Lysol) 409 Cleaner-Spray Bottles Bowl Cleaner Ajax Cleaner Liquid Dish Soap Scrub Sponges Lysol Disinfectant Spray SOS Pads Mops Brooms Toilet Paper Clorox Wipes Dust Cloths, Cleaning Rags Paper Towels 3-Gallon Pails/bucket Safety Glasses Rubber Gloves Work Gloves Heavy Duty Trash Bags PERSONAL CARE: Bath Soap Lotion Tooth Paste and Tooth Brushes Mouthwash Sanitary Napkins Hand Sanitizer Shampoo Aspirin/Tylenol First Aid Items Rubbing Alcohol Shaving Cream & Razors Depends Adult Diapers Men & Women NEW Underwear (Men & Women) (S – 2XL) Men & Women T-Shirts (S – 2XL) Women's Bras Socks (Children & Adults) NEW Underwear (Boys & Girls) (S-XL) Children T-Shirts (S-XL) Children’s Pajamas
McGrady and his wife, CleRenda, live in Houston, but with their house being situated on a hill, they were spared from the damage that many others in the area endured.
“There are a lot of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. What was important to us was to serve an area that already needed an extra boost,” CleRenda McGrady told the Chronicle. “That’s why we decided to come to this particular area: to show them some extra love. Labor Day is all about barbecue, so we wanted to bring the barbecue to them.”
Today was a good day! ?Round one was here in the Third Ward/Sunnyside community providing the most amaaaaazing BBQ meals ever! Thank you so very much for everyone that pitched in and gave their time! Way too many to thank without me forgetting someone….but thank you! Big thank you to my bro @chefreynold for helping to pick up and organize all the food! There was so much food left over that we boxed individual meals and distributed them throughout the community… swipe ??@tazarra @jsupermom @zoecamby @ashleywalston504 @onlyshelby1 @skinliqueur @clevellharris @kachellekelly @asylvester1 @mrsericawiley #HoustonStrong #ProjectPUSH #PushThru #HurricaneHarvey #ProudToServe
“You have to be cold-blooded to witness this and see what’s transpired and not want to do anything,” Tracy McGrady said. “The smallest thing will help, whether that’s donating money, time, some items, something. I think we can all do that. It helps us feel good that we’re helping people who are in need. It’s just a thing you need to do.”
This Friday, Tracy McGrady will get inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame with the rest of the class of 2017. But it was Monday, with his wife, on 24 hours notice, that the McGrady family showed how to be true Hall of Famers.
“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.” – Deuteronomy 16:17