One year ago, when Columbia was ravaged by a rare, catastrophic flooding event that left homes ravaged and families displaced, the LSU Tigers stepped up to the plate to help an ailing Gamecock Nation through a heartwarming show of hospitality and goodwill. They also organized a massive effort to provide supplies and aid to those in need. Leonard Fournette felt so moved that he led an effort to auction one of his jerseys, an auction that raised $101,000.
Now, the state of Louisiana is experiencing a natural disaster that may eventually outpace the destruction from Hurricane Katrina. In the face of this unprecedented reversal of fortune, it’s the Gamecocks turn to pay it forward:
The University of South Carolina, and the Gamecocks athletic program, launched a campaign to organize a relief effort to fill the university’s equipment trucks and send them to Baton Rouge. They filled two.
While the story is a great example of how sportsmanship and goodwill aren’t dead, the relief effort is far from over. The waters haven’t receded, and the full effects of the damage haven’t even begun to be calculated.
So much is being done. So much is yet to be done.
You can help.
Here’s a collection of ways you can contribute or donate to the ongoing relief efforts in Louisiana: