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Atlanta rugby players give back through partnership with MUST Ministries

Credit: AJC

Cobb-based Must Ministries has been handing out the bagged lunches every weekday during the summer across Cherokee and Cobb for the last 25 years.

Credit: AJC

For nearly 50 years, MUST Ministries has been helping communities throughout metro Atlanta address issues like food, housing, health care and more, according to previous reporting from the AJC.

During the coronavirus, pandemic, the organization has stepped up its efforts and has experienced some help from an unexpected source — Atlanta rugby players.

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Rugby ATL, based in Cobb County, started looking for ways they could help out in their community after their season was canceled back in March. A few of the players ended up helping prepare meals for MUST Ministries alongside the team's caterer, Sandra Cook, according to 11Alive. The meals would eventually be given to those in need.

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"It makes me very proud of them because these guys are really just starting out and they haven't forgotten their roots. They have compassion. They wanted to pay it forward to someone else that was less fortunate than them," Cook told 11Alive. "It just made me fall in love with them that much more because their hearts were in it."

Cook who has been cooking for MUST since the ‘80s said she enjoys feeding homeless people and has done so in many parts of the world, but working alongside the Rugby ATL team has been especially gratifying.