TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football has plenty of players from the Houston area and other parts of Texas that have been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban revealed Thursday during his radio show that defensive back Tony Brown’s family has been the most affected. Brown is from Beaumont, Texas.
“Their street was flooded,” Saban said of the Brown’s. “I don’t think it got in their house, but they lost water and power and all that.”
Brown’s father is in poor health and unable to stay in a shelter. The Sabans have stepped in to help the Brown family.
“We are actually helicoptering him tonight to a hotel in College Station,” Saban said. “I think when things like this happen, it’s all about people. Whoever they root for, we need to stick together to help other folks. I’ve been really, really proud of the way our family at the University of Alabama has helped whenever other people have had tragedies that they’ve had to deal with and circumstances that we can help them overcome.”
Saban and his wife, Terry, have become a major part in the Tuscaloosa community, even outside of their winning football program. The duo helped Tuscaloosa in its recovery following the April 2011 tornado. They’ve also donated $7 million to various charities through Nick’s Kids Foundation during their time in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama athletics released a statement that it plans to collect donations to support the United Way in its efforts to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery in the Houston area.
An 18-wheel truck, donated by Coleman Worldwide Moving of Dothan, Ala., will arrive in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday, and collections will begin the following day. Drop-off times are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7 from 3-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8-11 a.m. The truck will be stationed near light pole 30 in the University Mall parking lot adjacent to McFarland Boulevard.
• Non-perishable, nutritional food including canned items and can openers
• Baby diapers
• Baby food
• Baby formula
• Baby wipes
• Cleaning supplies
• Cleaning gloves, buckets, mops, brooms, etc.
• Dishes and eating utensils
• New towels and washrags
• New bedding — sheets, blankets and mattress covers (all sizes)