Reprinted with permission from the Temple Daily Telegram.
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By: Casey Young
Last Wednesday, David Davenport, a disabled veteran living in Temple, received an unexpected phone call.
The call was from Our Military Kids, an organization that assists children of disabled war veterans and active duty military.
"They called me and said, 'Mr. Davenport, we have an awesome opportunity for you,'" he said.
The opportunity was tickets for Davenport; his wife, Christina; and children, Jeremiah, Samuel and Elijah, to go to Super Bowl XLV in Arlington on Sunday. In addition, all expenses will be paid for two hotel rooms on site, as well as a parking pass and some spending money.
"Honestly, I was just shocked," Davenport said. "It sounded too good to be true."
Donations for Davenport came from the national law firm Locke Lord Bissell and Liddell, which has offices in Dallas, Austin and Houston.
"I just think there's so many people in the military who make sacrifices, not only the people who are in Iraq and Afghanistan, but their families as well," said Jerry Clements, chair of Locke Lord Bissell and Liddell.
Davenport's family is one of two families in Texas to receive free tickets from the firm. The other recipient is Rick Busby, a veteran living in Arlington.
"It was really exciting for us and our law firm to really make a difference. The response was overwhelming from people in our office - what a great idea this was," Clements said.
"Their generosity just blew me away," Davenport said. "It's better than the lottery. I didn't have to buy anything."
Davenport said his children were definitely excited. "Every five seconds 'Are you ready for some football?' gets screamed across the house."