Tuesday October 18, 2011 2:52 PM

Rockets Give Back

Rockets team up with Target Hunger for United Way Days of Caring event

Rockets.com staff

HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets went back to school for their United Way Days of Caring Event.

As part of their Rockets Give Back program, team employees made the trek to the Target Hunger Community Garden at Ketelsen Elementary to help beautify the campus by removing weeds, planting crops and tending to the school’s six small garden beds.

Rockets volunteers helped plant vegetables like lettuce and broccoli, all in an effort to assist the school and teach its students about the importance of health and providing food for the local community.

That’s all part of the reason why the Rockets are proud to have made Target Hunger their Charity of the Month. Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of October, Rockets employees have volunteered their time with the organization, taking part in various activities ranging from working at the Food Pantry to help serve underprivileged families in the Fifth Ward to packing home delivery boxes for the elderly.

Target Hunger, a United Way agency, was founded in 1989 as a grassroots, community-based program to fight the increasing hunger problem within Houston’s inner city neighborhoods. Community leaders such as the late congressman Mickey Leland and Pete Van Horn, along with others from the United Way, helped to form the Select Committee on Hunger to examine the issue of hunger in Houston. They found an area of town where the needs of the hungry were not being met, and Target Hunger was formed.

Rockets Give Back is a year-long initiative that's part of the organization's mandate to make a difference in the community. Click here to find out more.

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