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TSU Student Veterans Serve Their Community for the Holidays

HOUSTON (December 16, 2020) – Texas Southern University students made an appearance on
the TODAY show while giving back to their community. Torian “Ian” Parker, a senior history
major, and Khristopher Singletary, a sophomore computer science major, are volunteers at the
Houston Food Bank and made a cameo appearance on the show Tuesday morning.
Transplants to the city of Houston, Parker and Singletary sought out ways to help those in need
in the new city they call home. After researching volunteer opportunities, they came across the
Houston Food Bank. Both have spent countless hours volunteering with the organization.
“I’ve always had a humbling spirit to give back to the community. I feel as though it is
imperative to build community relations no matter where you live and what your circumstances
are,” said Singletary, a Navy veteran who served eight years active duty. “I am truly devoted to
continuing to do as much as I can to help families to ensure no one is hungry during this hardship
we are going through with COVID-19.”
Parker, an Army veteran who served 10 years active duty, said he never passes up an opportunity
to give back to his community. His personal connection to food banks makes volunteering a
matter of importance, especially during a global crisis.
“As a child, I recall the abundant amount of food my family received from local food banks. I am
honored to say my life has come full circle, as I am able to devote my time and energy to make
sure families all across Houston will not go hungry during the holidays,” he said.
“COVID-19 has put us in the midst of unprecedented circumstances, and the community needs us more than ever.”