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“What holds you back from taking this trip is just money, and I didn’t think that was a good enough excuse for us not to go,” Gaster said. “I believe this is what we’re supposed to be doing.” Gaster said the New York trip last year inspired his team’s 9-1 season. Gaster said there’s nothing they can do at home that can match the bonding of going into unfamiliar places and helping others. “You can’t get together and go to Bojangles and eat, and have that same bond that you build when it’s night after night after night of being together,” Gaster said. “Getting on an airplane together, believing in one another that we can go and do good work, that we can come back safe and be better men and women — I think that’s huge.” A devout Christian, Gaster wants to influence his player’s lives with more than teaching them about football. He said the one thing that all the trips have in common is helping people in need. “There’s a need for love and need for work right here in Princeton, you don’t have to go to Nicaragua for that, but I feel like it gets us away from phones, away from technology, away from Wi-Fi and cell phones. When you go somewhere and people are living in playpens, and the walls are like road signs, I think it will be an eye-opener,” Gaster said. “If you look at their life (his players) as a huge puzzle, there are pieces to that puzzle that they have to find themselves. You never know what they have to do, or need to do, to learn those things, but when you can put those opportunities out there for the kids to go, feel safe, and do it with their brothers, you can overcome fear and let yourself loose to love on people that you don’t know.” The Bulldogs are no longer taking donations for this trip, but have started accepting contributions for 2020.