Members of the Los Angeles Chargers football team loaded trucks full of supplies bound for Houston. Fullback Derek Watt was among the players who were there to help load the trucks with supplies. He told KFI's Kris Ankarlo that he's doing it to help get people back on their feet after losing everything because of Hurricane Harvey.
"There are people who've lost their homes, lost loved ones, lost pets. Or they've left it all behind to get to safety."
The team partnered with volunteers from Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions to help gather food, water, diapers, and personal hygiene goods. The Spanos family who own the Chargers, have also pledged $500,000 toward relief efforts.
“Watching the images coming out of Houston this week has been heartbreaking,” said Chargers Chairman of the Board Dean Spanos. “Having lived through the devastation of the wildfires in San Diego County, we felt it was important to do something – in addition to a monetary donation – that would provide tangible help in real time to assist those who now suddenly find themselves without a home. We know first-hand this will be a long process of recovery, and every amount of support will help. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Southeast Texas, and we want them to know more help is on the way.”
General Manager Tom Telesco, Head Coach Anthony Lynn, the Charger Girls, along with several members of the Chargers were on hand to help load the truck, purchase supplies and meet fellow donors.
For his part, Watt says seeing people come together to help folks in Houston is inspiring.
"These trucks are going directly down to Houston, so once they get down there if we can have it as organized as possible for them, that way they're not so overwhelmed. People all across the country have come together. It's truly special," Watt said.
The trucks head for Houston on Friday.