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It was 2009. David Heath had just been laid off from his job at a barbecue restaurant due to chronic back and knee pain. His mother had just died of breast cancer, and he found himself homeless, living on the streets of uptown Charlotte.
Heath said he was in the lowest position of his life; then he met Charlotte Bobcats Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield.
Heath was standing outside of Time Warner Cable Arena in 2009, asking a local reporter if they knew of any agencies for homeless people. The reporter was set to do an interview with Whitfield. When Whitfield walked out he overheard Heath’s story. He offered him two tickets to the game that night.
Whitfield also gave Heath his business card, and told him to stay in touch. Heath said nearly five years later he still has the business card Whitfield gave him.
Heath’s journey was tough. During his three years of homelessness, Heath says he lived under bridges, in homeless missions and on the streets. He says his life took a turn in late August 2012, when he began attending Fancy Hill Baptist Church in Dallas, N.C., and met his fiancée.
Heath began working with Pastor Willie Eastor, and formed a homeless ministry in fall 2012.
The church van drives uptown every Sunday morning to pick up homeless. The church has provided them with clothes and meals. Since this started, Heath said three or four of the homeless men who attended have gotten jobs, found a place to live and still attend the church.
Heath’s fiancée drops him off uptown on occasion so he can talk to the homeless.
“I walk streets and talk to homeless about the love of the Lord,” said Heath.
While uptown, sometimes he will go by Bobcats Arena. He formed relationships with two employees in the Bobcats team store, and when possible, he will stop by to say hello. On some occasions he has been offered tickets to the games.
“In the last three years I’ve been to 20 or 21 games, half of them sitting in the lower bowl,” Heath said. “[It makes me] feel like I’m rich.”
As Heath maintained relationships with Bobcats employees, he began to tell them about the organization he started. Last Saturday night, Heath was given 30 tickets to the Bobcats game for his ministry. Heath took his nephew and a group of local teens, and said he talked to them about staying out of trouble.
“Me and my fiancée sit down for dinner every night. We bless the ones who have blessed us. We always say thank you for the Bobcats,” Heath said.
As he continues his ministry, Heath would like to open two houses for homeless -- one for men and one for women – to get them off the streets.
Heath will also be cheering the Bobcats on Sunday night as their playoff series opens against the Miami Heat. He did not know if he would attend any of the playoff games, but no matter his location, he will be cheering for the Bobcats.
Pizza lovers, get ready: pizza cakes may become a new food trend.
According to this Daily Mail report, a Canadian pizza chain named Boston Pizza is polling its customers about what new items they want to see on the restaurant’s summer menu. Customer support is overwhelmingly in favor of the “pizza cake,” a multiple-layered creation featuring a pizza dough crust that wraps around the cake, and divides the layers of cheese and meat included inside the gut-busting culinary creation.
The restaurant chain has not released any information about how much a pizza cake would cost if becomes a menu item.
The pizza cake isn’t the first novelty offering the pizza chain has created. As part of its Pizza Game Changers promotion, the restaurant chain offers pizza sliders and pizza tacos.
If the pizza cake becomes a reality, American pizza fans can enjoy a slice as well, because Boston Pizza has dozens of U.S. locations.Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:51:12 -0400
Fans of Oreos, the iconic sandwich cookie, can enjoy a new limited-time flavor: fruit punch. But the new flavor won’t be available at all retail outlets, according to this Huffington Post report.
The fruit punch flavor will feature golden cookie wafers with a pink filling. According to the Huffington Post taste testers, the flavor of the filling was most reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch. Many found the cookie to be overwhelmingly sweet. Dunkers beware, as the Huffington Post tested the fruit punch cookies in a glass of milk and found the flavor to be “gag-inducing.”
This isn’t the first unusual Oreo flavor to debut on a limited-time basis. Past special edition flavors include watermelon, banana split and birthday cake.
The fruit punch flavor will go on sale April 28, only at Walmart stores. If you can’t wait, a few rogue packs have been spotted for sale on eBay.Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:44:49 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories