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Lester sends holiday dinner to Chicago shelter

Cubs pitcher's surprise included special meal, bobblehead gift
December 21, 2017

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Jonathan Lester surprised families at the House of the Good Shepherd with a holiday dinner and gifts on Tuesday night.Lester could not be there in person but wanted to treat the families, a Cubs spokeswoman said. The House of Good Shepherd, which serves women and children

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Jonathan Lester surprised families at the House of the Good Shepherd with a holiday dinner and gifts on Tuesday night.
Lester could not be there in person but wanted to treat the families, a Cubs spokeswoman said. The House of Good Shepherd, which serves women and children affected by domestic violence by offering a safe place, posted on its Facebook account: "We love you Jon Lester! Go Cubbies Go!"
The meal included chicken tenders, baked chicken Parmesan, steak sliders, macaroni and cheese, fresh steamed broccoli, creamed corn, mixed salad and desserts.
"Many of our families have never been served such fine cuisine," the House of Good Shepherd Facebook post said. "Others were surprised they could choose whatever they wanted and were welcome to come back for seconds."
Each child received a bobblehead set featuring Lester and Cubs teammates Kyle Hendricks and Jacob Arrieta.
"What a thoughtful and special person you are, Jon Lester!" the shelter's Facebook post said. "You inspire us with your talent, kindness and humanity. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Go Cubs!!!!!"

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.