You can quote me on this: I’m a huge fan of Donald Driver, not just because of the amazing win he helped to capture for the Green Bay Packers -–that was impressive, for sure. But what impresses me most is the character o f the man. So often, we hear our field and screen heroes rejecting the importance of their influence on the public as role models, whether for good or bad. But if you could have seen the excitement and admiration poured out on Donald by the children at Star of Hope when he visited our Transitional Living Center—and the adults as well, there would be no question in your mind that public figures of his stature are, indeed, role models. The children wanted to be like him and the adults wanted to be near him, if only for a minute, a handshake, a smile, or a single glance that said, “I see you, I understand your struggle, and I care.”
Donald has been a generous supporter of Star of Hope for years. So it was a real thrill for me, too, to shake his hand and thank him for the commitment he continues to show, on behalf of all the people we serve. He is a gentleman. He loves the Lord. And he remembers his beginnings. His presence and the manner in which he engaged the folks, both young and not-so-young, enveloping them in his ever so welcoming smile was indelible. He made a mark on them that will remain in their memories forever. And it’s good.