Mavs Help Send Supplies To SE Texas

Mavs Help Save The Day For Relief Caravan Through Marshall
Posted on 09/07/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Mavs Help Save The Day For Relief Caravan Through MarshallThe Marshall Mavericks football team took a break from finalizing preparations for Friday’s annual clash with the rival Longview Lobos on Thursday to do their part in helping the relief efforts from last week’s devastating floods in southeast Texas.

A caravan loaded with supplies from Elizabethtown, Pa., ran into a bit of a snag in Marshall on Highway 59 when one of its transport trucks broke down and was unable to continue. The rest of the caravan continued on its journey to south Texas, but had to leave behind a critical truckload of items such as bottled water, baby diapers, and various other needs.

However, one call is all it took for help to arrive, as Mavs head coach Claude Mathis, assistant coaches and his varsity squad loaded up on buses and headed to Andrews Radiator to help. The Mavs helped Gene Anderson, of Baytown, transfer the supplies to a rented U-Haul so that the items could continue their journey to those in need.

“I tell you what, this is fantastic,” said Anderson, who estimates that the caravan had been helping to provide food, water and clothing to several thousand people each day in hard-hit areas in southeast Texas the past week. “These kids helped save the day for us. They need to know how many people will be helped over the next few days because they were willing to come and help us keep these supplies moving. I want everyone to know about this.”

Working together in assembly-line fashion, the Mavs were able to transfer all the items from the broken-down vehicle to the U-Haul in about 10 minutes, which helped save Anderson some valuable time in being able to continue toward his destination.

Marshall High School will continue its part in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on Friday, with a “Pack The Truck” event held at Maverick Stadium during the community-wide pep rally starting at 3:15 p.m. MHS will be collecting items such as school supplies, socks, underwear, diapers and wipes to help schools in Rosharon, Texas, affected by the flooding.