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NBA Star Quentin Richardson surprises local pastor with food basket donations to needy families in Washington Park community. (Feed the Children, National Basketball Players' Association)

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NBA Star Quentin Richardson will provide food for needy Chicagoans.

Despite his early success as a basketball phenom for Whitney Young High School and DePaul University to his turn as a veteran NBA superstar, Chicago native Quentin Richardson has never forgotten the importance of giving back. Each year, during the Thanksgiving holiday season, Richardson, 32, donates food to needy families in struggling communities in Chicago and throughout the country. On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 12:00 noon, he will join local church volunteers at the Vivian L. Brown Community Center in the Washington Park community to distribute nearly 400 food baskets to local residents. First Tabernacle Community Church is where members of his family worship and his brother-in-law is an Elder.

The donation comes as a welcome surprise to organizers of First Tabernacle Community Church’s newly built community center; the facility was set to have its grand opening to the public next week. “It’s just a miracle,” said Rev. Frank White, pastor of the church. “This donation by Quentin is a wonderful example of the type of selfless generosity we want this community center to represent -- people using their time, talent and even money to help those who need it most,” he said. Pastor White admits that the church was depending heavily on members this year to help fund programs to meet the area’s increasing need for services.

The Vivian L. Brown Community Center is an outgrowth of the outreach resource ministry at First Tabernacle Community Church. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for Washington Park area residents by providing comprehensive programs based on Christian principles of service. It will offer educational and life skills training, social service referrals and family support services.

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