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Auden Tate makes Mother's Day truly special for many moms

Florida State receiver Auden Tate made Mother's Day memorable in more ways than one.

After his father, Heanon, told him his church was going to visit mothers and bring gifts to the Inn at University Village nursing home in Tampa, Florida, Tate decided to go along.

A group of 10 people from the Force of Life International Church in Tampa went to the home and brought body wash, sponges and other small gifts for the residents. Tate said one of the women began crying when he visited because her son was unable to visit, and she was so happy someone came to see her.

"I thought it would be good for them to see a face and let them know that somebody cares about them,” Tate said through a Florida State spokesman. “It was good to see that kind of reaction because it showed that you can have an effect on somebody."

The rising sophomore is set to take on a much bigger role with the team this season after a big performance in the spring game. But on Sunday, Tate was just another young man. The 6-foot-5 Tate did not wear any Florida State gear, but some residents asked whether he played football or basketball because he is so tall. He told them he played football.

To be sure, the residents weren't the only ones touched. Though he had never visited the nursing home before, Tate said he planned to do more community service in the future after gaining so much out of the visit.