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Play clock winds down for Touchdown Challenge

football1 Football season begins tomorrow. That means Fantasy Football drafts today.

And it also means that time is running out to take the Touchdown Challenge to benefit the Stafford Hope Center.

The challenge is a fundraiser, meant to help the small, faith-based nonprofit feed and clothe the area’s needy.

The nonprofit Hope Center has given away 27,000 pieces of clothing in the past three years and 81 tons of food to people in need from Fredericksburg and the five surrounding counties. About 250 families come to the small center for help each month, said the Rev. Michael Hancock, who runs the center.

Challenge participants pledge $1 per touchdown during regular- and postseason football games. So, if a participant’s team scores 38 touchdowns, the center will send a pledge request for $38 at the end of the season.

“I anticipate the average person donating anywhere from $45 to $60 based on the number of touchdowns by their favorite team,” Hancock said. “By not asking for a ton of money, I felt I would get more participation and opportunity for people to get involved than asking for a large chunk of money.”

Click here to sign up.