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Chatman, Davenport Play Bingo With Residents of Good Shepherd


"I-29, B-38, N-17."

If you didn't know better, it may have sounded like Najeh Davenport had taken over the play calling duties for long-time Packers quarterback Brett Favre.


But rest easy Packers fans, Davenport had only assumed the role of calling out the numbers Tuesday as he and wide receiver Antonio Chatman visited residents for a night of Packers Bingo at Good Shepherd Services nursing home in Seymour, Wis.

The appearance was arranged as part of GSS's 'My Heart's Desire' program, which was created by staff members wanting to create moments of joy for the residents.

"Our whole focus at Good Shepherd is on improving the quality of life for those we serve and certainly creating moments of joy is a big part of that," said Sarah Kneisler, senior director of Good Shepherd Services.

Two residents made it known that they had always wanted to meet a Green Bay Packer football player.

"The residents who expressed their hearts' desires were ecstatic, but everyone is very excited about the event," she said.

The Packer appearance is the inaugural event of the 'My Heart's Desire' program.

"Almost daily I see a Good Shepherd employee creating moments of joy in the lives of our residents," said Ann Morgan, life enrichment services coordinator at Good Shepherd. "Creating moments of joy for others is highly motivational for our team - and the support we've received from the community, so far, is very encouraging."

"It just warms my heart to know that some of these people were excited just to be able to meet us," Davenport said. "We had a lot of fun playing Bingo with them and we're very fortunate to be welcomed into the community the way we were tonight."

Good Shepherd Services, LTD. is a non-profit inter denominational Christian corporation governed by a volunteer board of Directors. The corporation provides a range of health and socially related community services to enhance the quality of life for individuals regardless of their age or circumstance.

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