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NFL player gives back to the community that helped raise him

Posted at 9:28 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 23:29:23-05

New Iberia native Damon Harrison is giving back to the community where he grew up. Harrison is an NFL player who was recently traded from the New York Giants and now plays for the Detroit Lions. Although he couldn’t be in New Iberia himself, he says he will always give back to the community that helped raise him.

“Well, we couldn’t hardly afford nothing, so it came in handy helping me feed me and my grandkids, and my family too. I have people come to celebrate Thanksgiving with us,” Cora Moore said.

Harris who has a game on Thanksgiving Day, sent his charity’s board of directors out into the neighborhood to make sure families had something on their tables for Thanksgiving Day.

James Russell III, who is on the board of directors for the charity, was grateful to serve the people in the community.

“He’s (Harris) a young man who’s never forgotten where he’s come from. He routinely gives back to his community, provides, shows great concern and love during not only the good times in the community. Sometimes the not so good times,” Russell said.

Harris purchased 150 turkeys for families in the community. The recipients, grateful for something that would have otherwise been a hardship.

“I think its a wonderful thing he’s done. God will forever bless him. Living here, I know how its a struggle for everybody and he’s trying to help everybody. Its’ a struggle for everybody, but mostly in the residence where he used to stay. I know it’s going to help them real good,” Audrey August said.

With Thanksgiving just days away, some families have a little less to worry about.

“Everyone here in this community can say that they will sit down and have a meal with Damon because that turkey will be on the table as he plays against the Chicago bears on Thursday,” Russell said.