Watson leads visit to City Mission

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Tight end Benjamin Watson, punter Reggie Hodges and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi led a “Family Night” discussion and shared dinner with Clevelanders at the City Mission Thursday night.

Cleveland Browns tight end Benjamin Watson loves to play football, but he and his wife, Kirsten, live to serve others, especially those less fortunate.

Through his “One More” Foundation, Watson, punter Reggie Hodges and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi served as guest speakers at the Chow Down with a Brown event at the Cleveland City Mission Thursday night. They were the featured guests at the City Mission’s Pathways monthly “Family Night,” which had the theme of Thanksgiving: A Reason to be Thankful.

“We’re so blessed just to be able to tell the people the reason why we celebrate the holiday season,” Watson said. “With Thanksgiving, who are we giving thanks to? We’re thanking God for all the stuff that we have. It’s just a really, really happy time.”

Watson, Massaquoi and Hodges had dinner with those in attendance and participated in several activities, including basketball, volleyball, foosball, air hockey and many other games.

There was also a free coat giveaway to those attendees who needed a jacket for the cold Cleveland weather.

“Stuff was given to me and that’s what our whole foundation is about,” Watson said. “One More is passing a blessing onto one more person and everybody can do that in their own way. It doesn’t necessarily have to be money. It could be your time; it could be your effort; it could be a service. Whatever it is, I think we’re all called to serve other people.

“We (help) by meeting people’s needs and promoting education by supporting financially or with our time, other charities, YMCAs and stuff like that. We’re pretty broad, but our whole purpose is just helping people.”

With the holiday season approaching, Hodges wanted to share the blessings that were bestowed upon him and his family.

“We’ve been given a lot, so we need to give a lot. That’s how it goes,” Hodges said. “It’s an incredible blessing. My family and I don’t take it lightly, so we plan on giving a lot this year.”

Watson, Hodges and Massaquoi are no strangers to supporting those in need. During the offseason following the 2011 regular season, the trio of Browns made a mission trip together.

“We went down to Jamaica together and they have a service heart, both of them,” Watson said of Hodges and Massaquoi. “I’m just glad they (came to) help out.”

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