MOORE — When Southmoore football coach Jeff Brickman first set up the donation website, he had a pretty good idea people would reach out and help. His Southmoore football team had been hit pretty hard by the May 20 tornado and he was pretty sure Oklahomans would lend a hand.
What Brickman wasn’t prepared for was the outpouring of volunteers showing up at Southmoore’s doors, looking to help in any way possible.
“I thought that the money would be about where it is,” Brickman said. “I didn’t expect people to drive from Kansas.”
That is what the members of the Olathe North West High football team did last weekend. After collecting food, clothing, water and money Saturday, they drove five hours Sunday to hand deliver a truckload of items to the SaberCats.
When the Ravens showed up in Moore, it was a surprise. It was an even bigger surprise when the SaberCats saw what they brought with them.
“They came down and gave us $4,000 and made these T-shirts for us,” Brickman said. “On the back it says ‘From One Brother to Another.’ They gave us 300 of these. We are going to give all our kids a shirt, take a picture of it on them, frame it and send it to them.”
The effort was spearheaded by the Olathe Northwest Quarterback Club. The group didn’t know exactly what to bring, so they asked Southmoore officials.
In all, 22 SaberCats and their families lost their homes and many of their possessions in the tornado.
“I asked, ‘Hey, I know this sounds like a crazy question, can you think of anything (you need) in particular?’,” Colleen Psihountas, a member of the Olathe Northwest Quarterback Club, told Kansas City’s Fox 4. “And their exact answer was, ‘Pretend you lost everything and then what would you need?’”