Garden City HS football team gets $1,200 Helping Hand to donate to families of the Tyson plant fire

Published: Aug. 11, 2019 at 5:27 PM CDT
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On Friday, August 9th, a fire at the Tyson Beef Processing Plant in Holcomb created a lot of concern for people in Finney County.

While the fire was still burning, many in that community sprung to action. One group was the Garden City High School Football team.

On Sunday, August 11th, about 30 to 35 Garden City High School football players put on a car wash at J&J Autoplex.

Their coach Brian Hill said he has players on the team who's parents work at the plant. They and others wanted to do something to help.

"Our football team, we care about this community," said one of the players. "We just want to give back and show our support," said another.

It was the teenagers who decided to do this car wash, the day before their first day of school.

"The kids that are here, this is their home and this is their community. we really hate to see some of these students uprooted or have to go somewhere else to finish their educational careers. these are great kids. these are our kids. we want to do everything we can to support them," said Garden City High School Principal Steve Nordby.

Coach Hill told us, for three hours, their two stations saw car after car after car. They asked for donations and non-perishable food items.

They got both and raised $1,100.

"Our community is very supportive of our school. It's very supportive of one another. I think in a time of crisis, you're able to see that," said Hill.

Some of the coaches then took that money and the food to the United Way of Finney County to help the families impacted by the Tyson Plant fire.

Because of the team's example, we surprised Coach Hill with a Helping Hand.

"Wow, that's terrific," Hill said. "I can't thank you guys enough. They will be extremely pleased and for you all to do that. Very gracious, and we greatly appreciate it."

The team and its fundraising efforts impressed Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James.

"Way to go Coach Hill and the Garden City Buffaloes," said James. "Your generous act inspired us. We heard you raised nearly $1,200 and we want to match it with a $1,200 Helping Hand grant with a donation to the United Way."

The coaches then delivered the second check to the United Way.