September 2, 2016
Cypress Falls High School football players pose in front of a trailer designated to collect relief items for Louisiana residents impacted by the recent floods. Project partner Porter Truck Sales will drive the supplies to Livingston, La., once the donation period expires on Sept. 9. (Photo by Jaqueline Gonzalez, Cypress Falls HS)
Sept. 2, 2016—Cypress Falls High School was one of the hardest-hit campuses during the “Tax Day Floods” in Houston last April, and the outpouring of support from fellow CFISD schools and community members is something the Golden Eagles won’t soon forget.
So when the opportunity arose for Cypress Falls to relay the support for those impacted by August flooding in Louisiana, the school was quick to mobilize around its slogan, “We Are One.”
“April’s flood proved that our school and community can overcome anything,” said Kirk Eaton, Cypress Falls campus athletic coordinator and head football coach. “The Cypress community and CFISD stepped up to help the Eagles get back on our feet. We now have an opportunity to help those in Louisiana that have been hit by recent floods.”
Cypress Falls coaches Kirk Eaton (center, in orange) and James Miller (far right) lead several Golden Eagles football players in loading a truck for flood relief items for victims of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005. The supplies were transported to Louisiana by local business owner Bobby Porter, who will make another trip with supplies donated by the Cypress Falls community for 2016 Louisiana flooding victims.
The Cypress Falls FCA is sponsoring a donation drive in the back parking lot of the school (9811 Huffmeister Road) from Sept. 1-9. A donation truck parked at the school will accept school supplies, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food, paper products, baby necessities and clothing and shoes every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Following the donation period, project partner Porter Truck Sales will drive the donated supplies to Satsuma Baptist Church in Livingston, La.—one of the worst-hit areas in the state—for immediate distribution.
The donation effort is a reunion of sorts for the Cypress Falls family, which came together 11 years ago after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Louisiana coastline.
“When I received a call and email from [Porter Truck Sales owner] Bobby Porter today, it reminded me of a call I got from you one day after Katrina, ‘Isn’t there something we can do?,” former Cypress Falls parent Fred Billings wrote in an email to Coach Eaton on Aug. 24.
Billings’ email got the ball rolling on the current project, as it called back to the Cypress Falls football team collecting donations in September 2005.
“I remember it was Bobby Porter who provided the truck, trailer and fuel and personally drove the truck to the docks in Lake Charles that then by boat carried the supplies to the dock right across from the Superdome,” Billings said. “When he called me I thought, maybe it’s time to do something like this again.”