FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2016
Contact: Dennis Lomonaco
What You Give Will Grow
New Orleans Saints Punter starts School Supply Drive for Louisiana Flood Victims
Team Comeback Kids Initiative Provides Hope for the New School Year
NEW ORLEANS, LA— Catastrophic flooding has displaced thousands of people across southern Louisiana. According to the Associated Press:
- 13 dead
- 40,000 homes affected
- 30,000 rescued
- 70,000 registered for federal disaster assistance
- 11,000 in shelters (at the height of flooding)
While donations and supplies are pouring in, one of the last things on the minds of families who’ve lost everything, is school supplies for their kids.
Saints Punter Thomas Morstead’s What You Give Will Grow Foundation wants to help ease that worry. Some schools in the flooded areas will be open as early as next week, even while many families will still be displaced from their homes.
What You Give Will Grow just launched the Team Comeback Kids school supply drive. The organization is collecting donations and volunteers are needed to pick up supplies, stuff backpacks, and hand out supplies to affected schools.
Schools and teachers in need of supplies are urged to sign up so WYGWG can determine the areas where the need is the greatest.
Morstead says, “My teammates and I have heavy hearts while we’re on the road training for the NFL season. I love Louisiana. It’s home. It’s where my kids are born and raised. That’s why What You Give Will Grow is making a conscious effort to help families take at least one worry off their minds, which is school supplies.”
WYGWG’s Executive Director Dennis Lomonaco adds, “As communities slowly continue to rebuild, and schools open, we want to continue helping families over time, so the need is great and we encourage people to keep donating throughout the school year.”
To learn more how you can help -or- receive help from What You Give Will Grow, please visit teamcomeback.org.
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.