Houston Texans safety Justin Reid has acted to send relief towards those still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Ida. The Louisiana native raised $10K and filled two 18-wheelers with donated goods for the people of his home state. For his efforts, Reid was named Week 1 NFLPA Community MVP.
Other NFL players have lent a helping hand to assist the ongoing relief efforts in Louisiana. Last week, Tampa Bay running back Leonard Fournette donated $100K to the cause and urged others to contribute on social media.
On top of his input, other NFL players and teams have issued grand donations. Saints QB Jameis Winston took some time to share his gratitude to those working on the grounds.
“I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the first responders and the people on the ground right now. To the grassroots organizations working in New Orleans right now to help our city be resilient. New Orleans, we’ve been through this before and our culture is strong and we are going to feed off of this adversity to make us stronger. We’re with you — everybody in Louisiana, we’re with you."Jameis Winston
Effects of Hurricane Ida
Hurricane Ida caused a great deal of damage. The Category-four storm plowed through multiple cities in Louisiana, forcing several families out of their homes. Taking effect in eight different states, reports have confirmed over 80 casualties connected to the disaster. Once leaving the gulf coast of Louisiana, the storm trended to the northeast, which caused intense rainfall in some states and forming tornadoes in other areas.
While the storm has passed, its impact on the lands it roamed persist. Per CNBC, Hurricane Ida may have caused up to $95B in damages. Such a reality outlines the work ahead for the rebuilding efforts. However, in light of disasters like Hurricane Ida, contributions from Justin Reid, Leonard Fournette, and other public figures can go a long way.