The ballcarrier will donate money and volunteer his time to aid people who are affected by the natural disaster.
Not only did Justin Forsett pledge $7,500 in relief funds for victims of the intense flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Ravens running back is actually going to volunteer with the United Way prior to the preseason finale against the Saints in New Orleans on Thursday, as reported by Jamison Hensley for ESPN.com.
“I’m reaching out to support this community because I know that this type of disaster could really happen to any of us,” Forsett said. “After the storm hit, I saw very little coverage in the media. But the little I did see I was very inspired by the efforts of the people in the community. I saw the community come together and serve each other in a time of need. I hope I’m able to help bring more awareness, because they still need support.”
Forsett’s will also donate $2,500 worth of baby wipes and other items through his company, ShowerPill.
As Jamison notes, the flooding in Baton Rouge last week was responsible for 13 dead and 60,000 homes damaged or destroyed. Forsett’s money and time are only a drop in the bucket considering the damage that’s been done to properties and lives, but any help will go a long way, and the fact that he’s going to personally volunteer is an amazing gesture.
It’s not like Forsett is from the area either. The Lakeland, Florida native also lived in Arlington, Texas, and although he’s had stints with five different NFL teams, the Saints are not one of them.
Forsett is just a genuinely good person. Hopefully his actions will inspire others who are in a position to help.