Hometown athletes visit Hurricane Harvey survivors
Until August 25, most of the people who would walk through the doors of The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Family Residence were women and children coming to escape domestic violence and crime. Now, the shelter is offering a safe and secure place to anyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
While the families work to put their lives back together, some special visitors offered an evening of respite.
“I’m a Houstonian. I feel the pain,” said former NFL player Vince Young of the impact of the storm on his hometown. Young played six years in the National Football League and college football for the University of Texas.
Young along with Mark Henry, a professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment, stopped by the Family Residence to spend time with the children in the shelter.
“I grew up with nothing,” Henry said. “My mom did the best job she could to make sure we didn’t know we were poor. I had a happy childhood and I don’t want these kids to know about the strife. I want them to persevere and have a smile on their face and know that there are people that care about them.”
Henry arm-wrestled the kids, who were amazed they were winning a game against a man who stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 400 pounds. “I saw a lot of smiles today and it warmed my heart,” Henry said.
Family Residence staff member Ruby Preston said it was just what the parents and kids needed during this difficult time. “It really brought some cheer into their life,” Preston said.
Before they went home, Young offered the families words of encouragement. “Stay strong. It’s going to take some time as we rebuild. Know you are definitely in our prayers. We love you.Whatever you may need, we are here.”