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Texas native Emmanuel Sanders calls for followers to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Posted Aug 29, 2017

"I have to do something about it," said Sanders of the tragedy facing his home state.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated Houston and a large swath of the Texas Gulf Coast, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders joined many across the NFL by lending support.

Sanders grew up in Bellville, Texas, which sits a little more than 60 miles west of Houston, and he took to Instagram on Monday night to ask for help from his followers.

“We all see what’s going on in Houston,” Sanders said. “I’m from Houston. I’ve driven up and down those streets, and Houston is my heart. That’s my culture. That’s where it all began for me, and just to see the people out there struggling, man. I have to do something about it.

“Obviously you see the link below. Look, it says just donate $10. Ten dollars ain’t that much. If one person can give $10, if 20 people [can] -- $10 will eventually add up to something big. We’ll be able to help out somebody in need. There’s some person out there right now that don’t have shelter. There’s somebody out there that needs help.

“If you’re an athlete, a doctor, a lawyer — whatever you are — you don’t have to be any of that. I mean, we’re talking $10 here. We’re talking $10 that can possibly add up to something major, that could possibly save a life. So please donate.”

Justin Simmons, Chris Harris Jr., De’Angelo Henderson and Aqib Talib are just a few of Sanders’ teammates who have tweeted out the same Red Cross link. Jamaal Charles, a native of Port Arthur, Texas, also tweeted his support.

Elsewhere across the league, the Houston Texans and the NFL Foundation each pledged $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston, and many other players have made their own contributions.

Head Coach Vance Joseph, who grew up near New Orleans and has seen the impact of Hurricane Katrina, weighed in Monday on the city where he coached from 2011-2013.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Joseph said. “I’m a New Orleans guy. Obviously, Katrina was huge for the city. It’s the same effect with Houston right now. Lots of folks are out of their homes. The water has risen to record highs. They need help down there and it’s heartbreaking to watch on TV.”