The Cardinals Roberto Clemente Award nominee continues generous lifestyle
When it comes to the holiday season, St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and his family finds joy in improving the lives of others, evidence by his generosity toward a single mom family.
Made possible by the incredible organization Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, the Goldschmidt’s provided significant donations to the organization, leading to the construction of a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house for 29-year old Tekeira and her two kids, 11-year old Patience and 9-year old Major.
In a story by John Denton on MLB.com, he captured quotes from both Tekeira and Habitat for Humanity St. Louis CEO Kimberly McKinney on the family’s experience and the generosity of Goldschmidt.
"“Tekeira talked about the meaning of owning a home and how someday she can leave it for her kids,” McKinney said. “I’m looking at her beautiful kids and thinking, ‘They’re going to grow up and not have to move when rent goes up or be without a home when someone decides to sell a place they had rented.’ I always say the lives we’re changing aren’t necessarily always the home buyers. It’s also their kids and making it so they grow up knowing home ownership. That makes a huge difference in their lives. Growing up knowing your parents and grandparents owned homes, it makes you look at life differently.” via John Denton’s story on MLB.com"
Goldschmidt has had his name all over the news for all the awards he has won the last month, including National League Most Valuable Player, but the impact that Goldschmidt is making on the lives of this family and so many others is what will be measured for years to come. For as much as we all love baseball, at the end of the day, this game is at it’s best when it leads to lives being changed off the field.
If you’re in the St. Louis area and want to join Habitat for Humanity and the incredible work they do, you can volunteer this holiday season here.
Even if you’re not in the St. Louis area, Habitat for Humanity has locations all over the country, or you can donate to the larger organization as well. More information about this non-profit can be found here.