Monday, October 29, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Sixteen LaPlace Elementary students were treated to a shopping spreet at Wal-Mart in LaPlace on Tuesday, October 23, courtesy of Saints Running Back Pierre Thomas and his iCAN foundation. The foundation, paired with a donation from Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, sponsored a $210 per student shopping spree for physical fitness items.
Thomas and teammates Brian de la Puente, Jed Collins and Thomas Morstead assisted groups of students with their selections throughout the sporting goods’ section of Wal-Mart. They were very deliberate in helping students select bicycles, trampolines, footballs and other sporting and activity gear. All items purchased by the students were specific to keeping them active and fit. Parish President Natalie Robottom was honored by the request to assist some of the students on their afternoon shopping adventure, even helping some with buying decisions. The Saints Mascot Gumbo the Dog posed for pictures with students and observers.
Pierre Thomas indicated a desire to give back to the kids in St. John Parish after hearing of the devastation from Hurricane Isaac. Representatives from the iCAN Foundation contacted a Counselor at LaPlace Elementary, Mechelle Terrio, to coordinate the event. Students were randomly selected from the “Hurricane Isaac Teacher Checklist” representing areas that were affected by the storm. Only 16 students between the ages of 11 and 13 could be chosen to participate along with students in the “Son of a Saint” program. “It meant a lot to the families and students who incurred losses due to Hurricane Isaac. Pierre Thomas and the other Saints informed me that they had just as much fun as the kids,” said Terrio.
Parish President Robottom thanked Pierre Thomas and his teammates for taking time from their busy schedules to help St. John students. “It means a great deal to our students and our community, that our beloved Saints are thinking about St. John and our recovery,” said President Robottom.