Garden City High School football team host car wash fundraiser for Tyson employees

FINNEY COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) The Garden City High School football team hosted a car wash fundraiser Sunday for Tyson employees.

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This comes after a massive fire at the Tyson Fresh Meats in Holcomb Friday night. The company says the plant will be down indefinitely while they assess the damage.

Head Football Coach Brian Hill says the fundraiser wasn't his idea. His players wanted to give back to their community.

"You know, when I first woke up in the morning, I already had text messages saying hey coach what can we do," Hill said. "We want to do something to try to help some of our teammates out."

The team decided to organize a car wash where people could bring cash or food donations.

"There's a lot of people that depend on that plant," a student said. "Our football team, we care about this community. We just want to give back and show our support."

Principal Steve Nordby was also at the fundraising event. He says with the school year starting, they want the families in their school district to be taken care of.

"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," Nordby said. "These are great kids, these are our kids. We want to do everything we can to support them."

Coach hill says the food donations will go to a non-profit in town and the money will either go directly to Tyson or Finney County United Way.