In the Community: Williams Helps Host Holiday Dinner
December 23, 2012
New Orleans Hornets third-year head coach Monty Williams is often described by the media as a “family man,” a characteristic on display at many of the team’s community events throughout the year. At a holiday dinner for Hope Lodge residents at the Salvation Army on Sunday, Dec. 23, Williams not only helped host and serve meals during the event – he also brought his entire family with him to do likewise.
Williams, along with wife Ingrid and their three daughters and two sons, attended the event at the New Orleans Salvation Army located on Claiborne Avenue. In conjunction with the State Legislature, a holiday meal provided by Mr. Mudbug was served to 200 Hope Lodge residents. In addition, 26 children were each given a free toy of their choice, along with a gift card.
“We want our kids to know that they have an obligation to serve, and that they’re just like anybody else,” Williams explained of the family’s ongoing community work. “We’ve been blessed with so much. We’ve been allowed to come out and be a part of the resurrection of some lives in our city. We don’t treat that lightly.”
Along with members of the Williams family, on a rare in-season off day for the Hornets, Williams was joined in the Salvation Army serving line by assistant coach Randy Ayers, assistant coach and director of athletic performance Carlos Daniel, as well as team security director Randy Greenup.
Williams, who along with Ingrid has written a book based on religious scripture, commenced the traditional holiday meal by saying the blessing.
“There is no better time to serve than Christmas,” he said as residents sat down and eat dinner. “That’s what this season is all about. The most important thing (about Christmas) is Christ and his birth. It’s so forgotten. People get caught up in gifts and all that, but the reason for the season isn’t about (spending money on presents). It’s about service.”