LACONIA — "As you can see when the football players are serving lunch there is no room for anyone else at the window," remarked Dot Steuer of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. "And they're not even the biggest players."
This summer the members of the Gilford High School squad have been helping members of the congregation with their monthly luncheon at the Salvation Army. Steuer said that her grandson, Andrew Nelson, the center on the team, has been lending a hand since he was eight-years-old and this year recruited his teammates, along with head coach Shawn Garrett, to join him.
Yesterday, Garrett, along with Jackson Spooner, a veteran linebacker and running back, and Adam Rague, a rookie yet to have a position, dished out hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and past salad to between 65 and 85 diners, while Nelson helped out in the kitchen with Lee Krueckeburg and Grita Olmstead, the principal chefs.
Steuer said that when the players came for the first time in June they were particularly pleased to be helping so many children and eager to return in July.
"We'll be back," Garrett said. "It is very important for our players to be involved in the community and helping others."
CAPTION: Shawn Garrett, head football coach at Gilford High School (left), accompanied by two of his players, Jackson Spooner (center) and Adam Rague (right) filled the plates at the Friendly Kitchen hosted by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at the Salvation Army yesterday in Laconia. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)
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