Nashville --- Members of the Tennessee State University volleyball team spent part of their Wednesday evening volunteering at the American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge.
Tiger coaches and players made spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and offered sweet treats for the families that the Hope Lodge serves. They also spent time talking with some of the families that were present.
“Community service like this constantly allows the team to reach out to the community and help others out,” said senior setter Samantha Beltran. “Specifically, we are able to put smiles on people’s face which is always a blessing. It impacts the team in a strong way where we can work together to help others and build up the community and establish even better relationships.”
The Hope Lodge provides housing free of charge on a first-come, first served basis to cancer patients and a caregiver during their course of treatment.
“It meant the world to give back to people that are going through a sickness so evil,” freshman outside hitter Julia Pierson said. ”My heart was literally so warm and I was so happy to see their faces light up as we served them food. I feel like it impacted our team tremendously. It made us think of others. This keeps us inspired, and it also gives us an opportunity to give a helping hand to others in need.”
The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.