The Texas Rangers are the recipients of a 2015 Hero of the Homeless Award from the Arlington Life Shelter. The award is the highest honor presented annually by the agency and recognizes the significant impact of organizations and individuals supporting the shelter and affecting the lives of the community's homeless.
The announcement was made on Monday evening, when catcher Robinson Chirinos and his Foundation hosted a Thanksgiving event at the Arlington Life Shelter. It is the second consecutive year that Chirinos has held a Thanksgiving event at the shelter.
In addition, the Rangers Wives Association donated proceeds from its mystery baseballs sale to the shelter as well as serving dinner at the shelter in September. The Rangers also worked with Maytag to donate a washer and dryer for the shelter. Maytag is the official washer and dryer of Major League Baseball and partnered with the Rangers on the Million Dollar Home Run promotion in 2015.
At Monday's event, Chirinos donated and distributed shirts, caps, gloves, and blankets. Dinner was provided by Spaghetti Warehouse in Arlington. Chirinos, his wife Heidy, and son David were joined by shortstop Elvis Andrus, bench coach Steve Buechele, television broadcaster Tom Grieve, and Special Assistant and former Ranger Michael Young.
The Robinson Chirinos Foundation Mission Statement:
The Robinson Chirinos Foundation charitable intent is to benefit the youth and families in our communities. The mission is to provide food, clothing , equipment, sport facilities and items needed to attend school for the less fortunate; To incorporate Order, discipline, moral, ethical and mentorship to impact excellence and expectation to being successful in sports, education or in anything one sets their minds to be or do without the set back of simple essentials.
Arlington Life Shelter Mission Statement:
The Arlington Life Shelter provides shelter and support services to help our neighbors who are homeless integrate into society and become self-sufficient, thriving contributors to the community.