The Calallen Wildcats football team may be preparing for the biggest game of the year on Friday, but some of the players are getting a little insight into the charity work they’re doing.
Warmers for Heroes started just a week ago when David Salinas Jr. of the United Veterans Burial Association heard from a veteran that his heater was broken.
So he proposed the idea of finding and donating leg warmers to his son and his son’s friend, who play for the Wildcats football team.
“It helps me know that I’m involved in the community, whether it’s not necessarily doing something on the field for the football team, but for something bigger than myself outside of football,” said David Salinas III, junior quarterback and outside linebacker on the team.
“Just to help the community when possible. I’m just trying to help the veterans who do so much for us, so why not do a little for them during the holidays? Senior wide receiver and safety Skyler Rubio said.
“Youth is our future. So, we have to start guiding them in the right direction and I think we have done that and veterans are a big part of life,” Salinas Jr. said.
So far, 15 heaters have been donated to a veteran in need.
“It was something that came to them at the right time,” said Samuel Juarez, secretary and Chaplin of the United Veterans Burial Association. “They said they really appreciate someone taking time out of their day just to make sure they’re getting it done.” OK.”
The hope is that the impact charity work has on young people will spread and more veterans can be helped.
In fact, freshman football player Drayson Gamez donated leg warmers Thursday night.
“It’s about teaching them that there are other things besides football,” said Salinas Jr. “There are people who need help, who could use that help. Most children are not aware of what is out there. “
Salinas said it’s impressive to see how the players have stepped up. He said he started with some upperclassmen, then a junior got involved, and then he got involved until freshmen got involved.
“I hope it means a lot to them,” Rubio said. “Helping them helps me feel good.” Anything to help them through the holidays and have a better year.”
Salinas Jr. said there will be no end date for the fundraiser. They will go as long as it is cold and there are people in need. Once it gets warmer, they will again look for fans for veterans in need during the hot season.
The Wildcats face Boerne in San Antonio on Friday night in the regional final.
If you’re a veteran who needs a heater or want to get involved, Salinas Jr. said to call his office and mention heaters for heroes. His office number is 361-668-5715.
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