DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks veteran guard Wesley Matthews has never worked in the service industry, but after a couple years manning the drive-through and register at Raising Cane’s – he’s established a whole new perspective with the food industry.

“It’s definitely changed how I order at fast-food restaurants and drive-throughs,” he told Mavs.com Tuesday night. “I try to already have my order ready and make it as simple as possible because it’s fast-action. You can’t mess up people’s food.”

Matthews worked the register at three Raising Cane’s locations in Dallas Tuesday night (Dec. 3rd) to celebrate the start of the 2018 Mavs Winter Warm-Up Drive. It’s an event that takes place each season, in conjunction with the NBA Cares Season of Giving, and supported by Raising Cane’s and Fox Sports Southwest.

The event encourages fans to donate new and gently-used coats, blankets and other winter items for families in need during the entire month of December at all Dallas/Fort Worth Raising Cane’s locations. Pickup boxes are located at each restaurant for people to simply drop the items in the box to be collected at a later date.

I’m just thankful for everyone in the community who comes together and supports this cause each year,” Matthews said.

Wesley added that the most-touching part is delivering the items to the children and families in need at the end of the Mavs Winter Warm-Up Drive.

“The response has always been amazing,” he said. “I get to see the looks on peoples’ faces when we deliver the items. It’s life-changing for them and we don’t want anyone to go cold. There are many people across the area who desperately need items to stay warm and it impacts them in major ways.”

Donors who bring an item to any Raising Cane’s location will receive a free 22 oz. drink. All Winter Warm-Up donations will be donated to families in need at North Texas homeless shelters, providing food, shelter, clothing, education and recovery programs for individuals to find a path out of homelessness.

Donated items can include: new or gently used coats, blankets, hats, scarves, warm weather clothing and socks (socks must be new).

“We are trying to make this world and community a better place,” Matthews said, who is back at the American Airlines Center tonight as the Mavericks host the Portland Trailblazers. “I just want to thank all the fans who believe in this cause and continue to support it every single year. It really does make a difference.”

ABOUT NBA CARES: NBA Cares is the league’s global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA’s mission of addressing important social issues. NBA Cares programs and participants have provided more than 4.1 million hours of hands-on service and created more than 1,115 places where kids and families can live, learn or play in communities around the world.
Learn more on Twitter: @NBACares

The Dallas Mavericks strive to be champions on the court and in the community. We are dedicated to building a stronger community through educational programs, health and wellness initiatives, environmental efforts, support for military veterans, and grants to nonprofit organizations. Through our community programs and the Mavs Foundation, we are changing lives in North Texas and have impacted thousands of children, families and communities.
Learn more at Mavs.com/Community or on Twitter: @NBACares

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