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Jason Richardson Charity Week continues in Saginaw County

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(07/12/12) - The Jason Richardson Charity Week continues in Saginaw County.

Tuesday, the NBA star hosted a Night of Champions fundraiser, honoring the 2000 National Champion Michigan State Spartans.

Wednesday, a golf outing to raise money for the United Way.

Thursday, a food giveaway.

The line of cars, trucks and SUV's extended quite a ways from Carrollton Middle School, but it was worth the wait, especially when people found out who was giving out the food.

Jason Richardson grew up in Carrollton. This is where he played basketball as a child, before going to Saginaw Arthur Hill, then to Michigan State, and on to the NBA.

 "There were times in my life when we didn't know where we would get meals from," Richardson said.

That's why he donates the money each year to buy the food and then hand it out.

"The need, it seems to be growing even more, so it makes me want to do more, to give more food to try and help as many families as we can," Richardson said.

Richardson is helping Joe Merriweather's family.

"We really need it, it's really nice," Merriweather said. "It's lovely, I think it's great that he's giving back to the community."

The food giveaway is done in conjunction with Parishioners on Patrol.

Volunteers helped pass out the food, including plenty of youngsters.

"These kids could have been at home playing video games or sleeping in late, but they are showing they are helping out the community and want to give back as well," Richardson said.

One of those kids helping out is Richardson's 12-year-old daughter Jaela.

"I never had to be in a situation like that, but it's just a great feeling giving people stuff. It's just awesome," Jaela Richardson said.

Jason's charity week ends Friday with a free basketball camp at Carrollton Middle School.

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