Children in Galena Park and Jacinto City have a chance for a better Christmas now as football players from Galena Park High School, Galena Park Middle School and Woodland Acres Middle School teamed up to collect toys and clothing as well as food items and monetary donations, all of which will be given to local charitable organizations.
The idea began with football players from Galena Park High School who took it upon themselves to share Christmas with those less fortunate by collecting toys and clothing as well as food items and monetary donations which were all given to local charitable organizations.
All food items collected were split between food pantries in Galena Park, Jacinto City and the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association. The toys were distributed to community organizations such as Toys for Tots and Helping Hands and any toys left over were given to food pantries. Any extra funds raised were distributed to community organizations. Athletes from all grade levels participated in this project and football players joined the coaching staff in adopting two families for Christmas. In addition to the toys and clothing, gift cards were presented to the family.
“The players take such ownership in this project,” said Ray Zepeda, head coach at Galena Park. “They really wanted to do something special for the community since so many here lost a lot of their belongings in the hurricane.”
The players collected an amazing 1,400 cans of food and almost 120 toys in just two-and-a-half weeks of time.
“To collect this much food and this many toys in such a short time is a credit to our young men. These guys are true role models who really understand about the importance of giving back,” said Juan Rodriguez, assistant coach at Galena Park.
Galena Park High School football players proudly display just a small portion of the canned goods,
food items and toys that were collected this month.