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New Orleans Saints players team up with United Way to rebuild homes

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 11:52am

On Sunday, September 22, New Orleans Saint Roman Harper and teammates Lance Moore, Jahri Evans and Malcolm Jenkins, hosted a private team dinner along with the United Way of Southeast Louisiana at Eiffel Society to announce to their families, close friends and teammates how they plan to give back this coming holiday season.

To date there are still hundreds of families in the greater New Orleans area that remain displaced from Katrina in 2005 – many doubled or tripled up in family homes, or living in gutted or partially complete homes or apartments they cannot afford. This along with Hurricane Isaac in 2012 has left hundreds of families with no hope this holiday season. So, for the fourth year in a row, Saints players have teamed up with IrvingMorris, Cox Oil and United Way of Southeast Louisiana to support the Hope for the Holidays campaign. Saints players who have participated in this campaign include Roman Harper, Lance Moore Malcolm Jenkins, Jahri Evans, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Mark Ingram; also former Saints Jermon Bushrod and Courtney Roby and retired Saint Darren Sharper have all joined the efforts of their fellow Saints teammates.

Each player funds the rebuilding of these homes, which United Way of Southeast Louisiana rebuilds through their rebuild partners, IrvingMorris, and Cox Oil. Along with this year’s efforts the Hope for the Holidays campaign has been responsible for rebuilding the homes of over 20 families. And after this year’s Hope for the Holidays gala, taking place in December even more funding will be generated for home rebuilds.

During the dinner Roman Harper told the families, “I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of Hope for the Holidays again, especially with all my teammates who are also involved this year. This is an incredible blessing and honor to be able to announce that we will be rebuilding your homes. This is our gift to you and to our community this holiday.”

“With Hurricane Isaac affecting our community last year ironically seven years to the day of Hurricane Katrina, now more than ever, the generosity of these men is an amazing gift. Many families who have been displaced for over seven years will return to their homes in time to celebrate the holidays this year,” said Michael Williamson, Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Southeast Louisiana. “These guys really are Saints, on and off the field.”

For additional information regarding participating in the Gala, making a donation or helping with the Hope for the Holidays campaign please contact Liz Morris at Liz@IrvingMorris.com or go the United Way website at www.unitedwaysela.org

About Hope for the Holidays
Hope for the Holidays supports the NO Place Like Home (NPLH) initiative, which began in 2010 as an online engagement campaign to encourage donors from across the country to invest in the rebuilding of New Orleans, in partnership with United Way Worldwide. Now, NO Place Like Home is United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Rebuilding Initiative, coordinating the return of families to safe, secure, and functional housing through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, donors, companies, groups and government entities.

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is advancing the common good. By partnering with donors, employers, nonprofits, faith groups and government, United Way brings a coordinated approach to solving community problems in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. For more information, please call 504.822.5540 or visit www.unitedwaysela.org. You can find us at www.facebook.com/UnitedWayNola or follow us on twitter: @UnitedWaySELA.

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