9/15/2005

A Celebrity That is Really Helping - Brett Favre

I am not a big fan of football but I may have to become a cheesehead after reading about what Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers are doing for Mississippi. As many of you know, Brett Favre grew up the Kiln, a small town about 30 miles from where I live. He has not forgotten the people he grew up with. His Fourward Foundation is a charitable organization that has long helped various groups. Today, the efforts of this foundation are directed to providing relief to hard hit Hancock County, the county in which Mr. Favre grew up. This is the county that had towns such as Lakeshore and Waveland disappear. The town of Pass Christian has been 70% demolished.

Family friend and business associate Clark Henegan, who moved to South Mississippi because of the Favres nearly two decades ago, helped drive a Reynolds semi-truck Tuesday morning from Madison, Wisc., with supplies for those in Hancock County.

With the help of Jeff Grebel of Reynolds, Henegan drove the 18-wheeler filled with chainsaws, generators, diapers, baby formula, work gloves, work boots, canned food and dog food, were donated through Favre's Web site, www.brettfavre.com and the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation.

Grebel also said he will donate his next paycheck to the relief efforts.

"Brett is devastated by what happened," Henegan said. "Each night after practice he sits in front of his computer and looks at the damage through a Web site. He also looks to see what donations have come in. Brett really cares about this area."

Henegan said Tuesday's truck was in an addition to Favre and the Packers sending five airplane loads of supplies to Hattiesburg for distribution in Hancock County.

Beth Seymour, who works for the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation in Hattiesburg, said 30 semi trucks of supplies and $198,000 in cash have been sent.

The Packers also said Monday that they will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Relief Fund as a kickoff to fundraising efforts at the team's home-opener Sunday against Cleveland. The Packers' drive is part of the NFL's Hurricane Relief Weekend.Sun Herald

So color me a cheesehead. Just don't tell my sister Denise who is a die-hard Saints fan. She doesn't have internet access yet, so I think I will be safe from her wrath for awhile.

Thank you Brett Favre, the people of Wisconsin, and the Greenbay Packers!! You guys really do know how to help and are doing it without cameras following you around.

4 Comments:

Anonymous SK said...

Brett Favre was actually on TV talking about this while you had no electricity. He described his own frustration with not being able to contact family to check on them, and how much he wanted to help. We need more sports figures of his caliber.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

This is great. The problem with stories like this (there's a problem?) is that it makes me wish I could walk away from everything I have going on at home right now and drive to Mississippi and Louisiana and help.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

I'm with you Mark.

What a great story!

10:08 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

sk, mark, and esther,

Brett Favre and his family are wonderful people. The priest at the church I used to go to is a family friend of the Favre's and the whole family does a lot of good through the Fourward Foundation.

10:16 PM  

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