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Coty Sensabaugh, Titans Cornerback

Shortly after being drafted by the Tennessee Titans, I participated in the Tracy Lawrence Turkey Fry at the Mission. It was my first time to volunteer there and it was an incredible experience.
My fiancé Dominique and I share a passion for uplifting charitable organizations, families, and individuals. So when the Turkey Fry rolled around the following year, I invited her to join me. We helped fry over 500 turkeys in one day. It was hard work, but we had fun. The real blessing was knowing those turkeys would provide the men, women, and children at the Mission with a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal.
The Mission does a remarkable job of serving the homeless in our city. But I soon realized providing the homeless with meals and shelter was only the tip of the iceberg. As I got more involved, I learned about the different programs they offer to help those in need get back on their feet.
In November of  2014, Dominique kicked off her 25 Wishes for her 25th Birthday by joining me at the Turkey Fry. During the course of those 25 days, we made several trips to the Mission. In addition to the Turkey Fry, we helped serve Thanksgiving Dinner, and wrapped up day 23 of the celebration by hosting a Christmas dinner for the men in the Mission’s Life Recovery Program.
I was moved by my experience at the dinner. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with several of the men who were in the midst of the Mission’s residential recovery program. One gentleman opened up his heart and shared his life story with me. I admired his willingness to do that, and without fear, no less.
Dominique and I have found other ways to serve, like the Mission’s Hearts of Hope event that takes place in February. This is an event to honor the women who stay at the Mission. Mark your calendars, because this year’s event is on Saturday, February 13th. You don’t want to miss it.
I have been so blessed in my life. Now it’s my turn to give back and be a blessing to others. There are many needs at the Mission. There are also numerous ways to give back, whether it’s volunteering to serve a meal, fry a turkey, teach a class, or donate. There is a place for everyone who has a willing heart.
Words can’t describe what it’s like to volunteer at the Mission. It’s something you have to experience for yourself. I invite you to join me in supporting Nashville Rescue Mission. I promise it’s a life-changer. It definitely was for Dominique and me. I’m looking forward to doing more.
Coty Sensabaugh is a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans. He was selected by the Titans with the 115th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He grew up in Kingsport, TN and played college football at Clemson University.

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