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August 31, 2016
Contact: Dennis Lomonaco
What You Give Will Grow
Thomas Morstead’s School Supply Drive Gets Soaring Help
Southwest Airlines and the Miss United States Organization Partner to Help Louisiana Flood Victims
NEW ORLEANS, LA– Saints punter Thomas Morstead is getting national help with his new initiative to help the victims of Louisiana’s catastrophic flooding. Southwest Airlines and the Miss United States organization are teaming up with the NFL star to get school supplies to kids who live in the devastated areas.
Last Friday, Morstead’s What You Give Will Grow Foundation launched Team Comeback Kids, asking people and organizations to donate school supplies and money for more than 120,000 residents in the affected parishes.
Now Southwest Airlines and the Miss United States National Pageant System are backing the NFL star’s cause. The reigning 2016 titleholders and newly-crowned national queens are fundraising for school supplies and donations within their states. The Mrs. United States National Pageant System, a sister-pageant for married women, is participating as well.
“We are thrilled to partner with ‘What You Give Will Grow’ to assist with the recovery efforts. Service to community is one of the cornerstones of our system and we look forward to being able to provide support during this very difficult time,” says Stephi Barton Williams, National Director of the United States National Pageants, Inc.
Southwest will take the donations from the reigning queens in all 50 states and deliver them to Louisiana free of charge. Southwest will also accept bulk school supplies from anyone wanting to donate at any Southwest Airlines cargo counter.
The American Red Cross says the recent flooding in Louisiana is the worst U.S. natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, killing 13 people, and displacing tens of thousands. Morstead says, “School supplies are the last things on the minds of parents who no longer have a roof over their heads. They’re basically having to start over. It’s amazing how much support is coming in to help Team Comeback Kids. Louisiana has a special place in the hearts of those of us who live here, and for the millions who visit from all over the world.”
To find out how you can volunteer or donate, visit teamcomeback2.wpengine.com
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.