On Oct. 17, 2012, Brian Ching and Kroger honored the eight members of the Houston community who were chosen as Ching’s Champions. The Ching’s Champions initiative was started by Ching and Kroger as a way to pay tribute to those members of the Houston community who are perfoming selfless acts and asking for little in return.
Ching and Kroger selected the eight champions from the group of nominees. Each winner received a Ching’s Champions medal and a four-minute shopping spree at Kroger. In total, the eight teams collected more than $7,700 worth of groceries.
Marvin Marcia – Active volunteer in his church, at the Boys and Girls club of America, local food banks and other local charitable organizations throughout the Houston area.
Susan Leining – Raised more than $20,000 over the past five years for The Snowdrop Foundation through her annual Chelsey’s 5K Run.
Emily Newsome – Serves as a leader of Community Cloth, a micro-lending organization in Houston that helps refugee women create arts and crafts that they can sell to help support their families.
Gina and Mike Dockal – Started Zoey’s Angels, which was founded to bring comfort to families who lose an infant child after a lengthy struggle in the hospital.
Steven David – Raises money and awareness for the Snowdrop Foundation, an organization dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.
Gary Coffman – Organizes an annual food drive around the holiday season, which provided food for more than 150 families last year.
Renita Sheppard – Captain of Nita’s Forget-Me-Nots, a walk team started in 2003 to help promote awareness and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Jim and Debbie Abney – Raised more than $14,000 for Sammy’s Supporters, a benefit to assist with the medical costs for a local family whose son was recently diagnosed with leukemia.