On Friday, December 19, 2008, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and his family will bring a special delivery of Christmas cheer to 77 homeless children living at the Sulzbacher Center. Jones-Drew has selected personalized gifts for every child and will hold a special pizza party for the children who are ages six and over. For the second year, he will spend time with homeless children living at the Sulzbacher Center, signing autographs and giving out special Jaguars gift bags.
Regarding the event, Jones-Drew said, "I feel blessed to be able to support the Sulzbacher Center and the children living there. Ever since I can remember, my family has always been involved with helping out at homeless shelters, serving meals at holidays and handing out clothes. My mother thought it was important for my sister and me to know that we were blessed and needed to return those blessings." Jones added, "I visited the Sulzbacher Center and was impressed with the way they help families get back on their feet, so I am happy to be a part of an organization that really cares about the community."
The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. at the Barnett Children's Building on the campus of the Sulzbacher Center, 611 E. Adams Street.
Sulzbacher Center provides the opportunity for homeless men, women and children to achieve a better life. The center's comprehensive services include street outreach, daily meals, safe shelter, case management support, job placement assistance, substance abuse counseling, medical, dental, mental health and vision care as well as scattered-site housing. Every day, the Sulzbacher Center is home to more than three hundred homeless members of our community–many of whom are children. For more information, please visit www.sulzbachercenter.org