The Good Report: Oakland Natives Give Back & The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation

No one tells you how being part of a philanthropic initiative like Team Comeback Kids changes the way you see the world.

Out there, the news is bleak. It seems like the entire internet is angry and most people drive like they hate each other.

But it’s different in here.

Every day, more packages show up at our door. Packages full of school supplies for kids who are going to be so excited to get them. People are banding together far and wide to collect supplies that are going to make a real difference in the lives of people they’ve never even met.

The view from in here makes you realize just how good people really are.


Oakland Natives Give BackTeam Comeback Kids

We recently got word that Oakland Natives Give Back is sending 400 full backpacks.

Four hundred!

Started by Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt, Dee Dee Abdur-Rahim, and Tameka Raymond, Oakland Natives Give Back empowers youth and helps their community through school supply drives.

While the news talks about all that divides us, ONGB is quietly embracing the students of Louisiana as part of their own community. Because of their generosity, 400 kids who just had their lives turned upside down will be getting a little help.

And a little help can mean a lot.

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation

Team Comeback Kids

In what is becoming a wonderfully common occurrence here at Team Comeback Kids, good news was followed up with more good news.

Despite leaving New Orleans three years ago, former Saint Malcolm Jenkins is making a donation that will allow us to buy and fill 175 backpacks.

According to the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation website, the group is committed to youth development in underserved communities through providing programs and initiatives that emphasize education, character, life skills, health, and recreation.

And just like his play on the field, Mr. Jenkins backs his words up with action.


We’re beyond grateful for the support of Oakland Natives Give Back and The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. Your support will help nearly 600 students recover from the devastating floods that rocked Louisiana.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Saints Punter Thomas Morstead’s School Supply Drive Hits the Road

Featured image by Trent Spann of Images by Robert T.


September 6, 2016

Contact: Dennis Lomonaco
Executive Director
What You Give Will Grow

Bus filled with 6,000 Backpacks heading to Baton Rouge

Saints Punter Thomas Morstead’s School Supply Drive Hits the Road

Who: New Orleans Saints Punter Thomas Morstead
First Lady Donna Edwards
Representatives from The Malcolm Jenkins foundation

What: Thomas Morstead’s ‘Team Comeback Kids’ to deliver stuffed backpacks to students

When: Tuesday, September 6th

      Loading: 9:30am
      Orleans Tower, 1340 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      Unloading: 12:30pm
      Eden Park Elementary, 4141 Gus Young Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70802


NEW ORLEANS, LA— Students whose lives have been forever changed by the devastating flooding in Baton Rouge will get an exciting delivery today to give them some peace of mind during their transition back to school.


On Tuesday, September 6th, a Louisiana Motor Coach bus stuffed with 6,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, will depart New Orleans and head to East Baton Rouge Parish. Saints Punter Thomas Morstead’s What You Give Will Grow Foundation launched Team Comeback Kids immediately after the catastrophic flooding, asking people and organizations to donate school supplies and money for more than 120,000 residents in the affected parishes.

6,000 backpacks will be distributed to students throughout East Baton Rouge parish. 450 of those will be given to Park Forest Elementary students, who have been relocated at Eden Park Elementary. First Lady Donna Edwards will be on hand to receive the Saints Punter and his special delivery.

Team Comeback Kids has been fortunate enough to receive help nationwide. Supplies can be dropped off at any Southwest Airlines cargo terminal where they’ll be shipped to Louisiana for free. The goal is to deliver 50,000 school bags to children, which amounts over                              $1 million in school supplies. 100% of the donations to Team Comeback Kids is going back to the community. With discounts from vendors, a $1 donation turns into $1.75.

None of this could have been made possible without generous sponsors like Chevron. If your business would like to help the non-profit provide relief to kids in need of school supplies, please visit the sponsor page.

To find out how you can volunteer or donate, visit


About What You Give Will Grow:

Saints punter Thomas Morstead started What You Give Will Grow in 2012 with his wife Lauren. The mission of WYGWG is to improve the lives of those in need through support of local causes and organizations in the New Orleans and Gulf South communities, with a focus on children’s charities and cancer initiatives.

The Strength of Scars

After 11 years, the scar left by Katrina still shows on the land and lives she rampaged through.

We talk of pre-K and post-K. Waterlines and headstones give physical form to the emotions that seem impossibly fresh for a disaster that happened over a decade ago.

But bobbing above the surface of those dark memories are the faces of those that gave a hand up when we needed it most. The people that brought food and donated clothes. People that did so much for families they never knew.

Louisiana Strong and Proud

When Felicia Ganci was in high school, someone, she doesn’t know who, donated backpacks full of supplies to help her and her schoolmates get a little bit of normalcy back in their flood-ravaged lives.

And this kindness has stayed with her.

2016 Louisiana Flood Impacts 285,000 Children

So when 9.6 trillion gallons of rain fell on Louisiana in one week, submerging areas with almost no history of flooding, those memories floated to the surface. She began reaching out to people in her med-school program at Ochsner, to people at The Republic where she works, to her social networks and her friends – asking for help buying and filling backpacks with supplies.  

A few days later she showed up at our front door with 51 backpacks full of school supplies, her car loaded nearly to the roof.

We asked her what made her do all this, why she took the time between making her rounds in med school and working a job that extended into the early hours of the morning, she just shrugged and said “I remember people doing it for me when I was in high school. I just wanted to help.”

Maybe it’s best that these scars will never heal, that we remember, and live stronger lives because of them.

School supplies donated to Team Comeback Kids

Thank you, Felicia.