PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - Graduating from Palestine High School only five years ago, Adrian Peterson is now a local hero. Saturday, at Adrian Peterson Day in Palestine, to see his impact on the hometown, you don't have to look far.
"It feels great, being out here helping the community," said Peterson. "I can't help everyone, but a little bit helps, and that's what I'm out here doing that today." In a partnership with Feed the Children, Adrian gave out a more than just a few autographs. He worked with the organization to distribute 25,000 pounds of food and toiletries to 400 Palestine families.
Food banks and churches passed out blue tickets for qualifying people. Phoenix Brown was one of them.
"The best thing that happened to Palestine, Texas probably is Adrian Peterson," said Brown. The single father of four played with his daughter Saturday, not having to worry about next weeks groceries.
"The toughest part is probably the money, basically feeding the kids and giving back to them, and he's helping out with that," said Brown. "Single mothers, single fathers, they're getting help." Help that's much needed. Volunteers passed out boxes for more than an hour. Mothers and fathers, the young and the old accepted the donations. Brown was excited about opening to see the contents of his.
"We got a pretty big sized box," said Brown. "We got about four boxes, I didn't check to see what was inside, but I know they were heavy, so you know it has to be good, it has to be good," Brown said smiling.
Adrian says he plans to expand his efforts to help those less fortunate than he. His "All-Day" Foundation will soon start in Texas, Oklahoma, and Minnesota.