SBTM May 2015 Anthony Ford - Page 12

COVER STORY and backpacks filled with school supplies. Anthony explained, “We remember being the kids that could not afford a fresh haircut for the first day of school. Every year we give free haircuts and at least 100 backpacks filled with supplies and gently worn uniforms and shoes.” people in both Sunnyside and the Fifth Ward areas of Houston. In addition, this past year Mr. Ford teamed up with Lakewood Church, passing out turkeys and praying with families. “We gave them turkeys, we listened to their needs, and we prayed with them,” shared Anthony. Anthony is passing on his belief of giving and generosity to his children. Son Da’Veon who is 13 was in charge of passing out the backpacks. In addition, Anthony’s cousin, LaTasha Landry, owns a catering company and together the community children get food as well. Nachos, hotdogs, sandwiches, and other fun foods are prepared and given out along with the haircuts and backpacks. Each year, the month of May marks the passing of Anthony’s mother, mother-inlaw, and father-in-law. It is also his birthday month. To honor everyone, Anthony goes out and does random acts of kindness. Last year, for example, a teen was not going to be able to go to his prom so Anthony bought both the teen and his date clothes and chauffeured them to the event. In addition, Anthony paid the Senior Dues and let the young man spend the day with Anthony at his home. Other acts of kindness include randomly handing out extra value meals at McDonalds to homeless people. Anthony talks to them while they eat and listens to their stories. Every year at Thanksgiving, Anthony gives out turkeys to underprivi Y