Football player collects household goods for tornado victims

July 9, 2017 by  

Recently, Deion Sanders, a professional football player and member of the Hall of Fame, joined his sons Shedeur and Deion Sanders Jr. in gathering close to $10,000 worth of merchandise at Sam’s Club in Tyler.

There were paper towels, detergent, soap, and many other daily necessities on the cart, as well as a few boxes of honey buns. These items were collected as part of a two-minute shopping spree challenge sponsored by RetailMeNot, and will be donated to The Salvation Army to provide assistance to those affected by the tornadoes that struck Van Zandt County earlier this year.

Sanders owns property in the town of Canton and visits it often, and so it had a direct personal effect on him.

Public relations manager at RetailMeNot, Katie Hammill, said that the idea of Sanders’ participation in the challenge arose last month when he expressed interest in helping the community of Canton.

Sanders had a game plan so he could get as many items as possible that were important to those in need. He mapped out the store, using a guide that may have been created by a print company, and set the right focus and mindset so that he, his sons, and a few helping hands could get as many items as possible in the short amount of time allocated.