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Refugio football players paying it forward

Two high school linemen are giving back to the Louisiana communities of DeRidder, Lake Charles
Posted at 10:33 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 12:57:17-04

REFUGIO, Texas — Elias Morris and Jayden Wright are collecting donations to give back to the families who were affected by Hurricane Laura.

It has been over a month since Hurricane Laura destroyed communities like DeRidder and Lake Charles, La. Here in Refugio County, two linemen seniors, Elias Mooris and sophomore Jayden Wright, are giving back by collecting water, food, and other supplies as they embark on their journey to help those who helped them during Hurricane Harvey.

"We started this to go and help Louisiana the small town of DeRidder," said Elias, a senior. "They went through a lot of damages and construction, and now they need help getting on their feet and we are getting donations to go and help them."

The donation drive has a special meaning for Elias’ mother, Joanna Morris.

"Well, it's my hometown,” Joanna said. "I think it is really important you know for the kids to see people helping other people."

Elias, and his friend Jayden, are taking donations to help a community that helped their town following Hurricane Harvey.

"We know what it is like," said Jayden, a sophomore. "We just want to give back to them for what happens to them."

"They went through a lot during the hurricane," Elias said. "We've seen pictures on Facebook and everything and it just gives us an opportunity to give back."

Their football coach said their kindness is just one example of the caliber of youth on the team.

"I think it speaks volumes of the kind of kids we have in the program," said Bobcats Head Football Coach Jason Herring. "And that our message is getting through that it is more than football it is about life and being good human beings."

“If you have a chance to like help somebody to give them something to live for, I'll take that chance anytime,” Jayden said.

To drop off donations in Corpus Christi you can call Charles Jimenez at (210) 612-0878.