Buffalo Bills offensive linemen Jeremiah Sirles along with Spencer Long were eating lunch Monday using Sirles’ wife, Emma, once the former Nebraska Cornhuskers Warriors decided that they needed to take action.
Flooding which Nebraska’s governor referred to as”the very widespread destruction we have seen inside our country’s history” had caused hundreds of millions of dollars damage to farms, displaced families and destroyed land.
No further needing to stay crowds to the natural disaster occurring worst in the northern region of the nation , Sirles and Long have organized a dinner for Thursday night in Schuyler, Nebraska, that’ll offer relief for both first responders and those affected from hard-hit Colfax County.
Aside from water restrictions as a result of broken levee, Sirles along with his wife have escaped the brunt of the flooding in their Lincoln, Nebraska, home which they tell Extended during the NFL off season. In the same way, Long’s home in the Omaha suburb of Elkhorn sits on high ground and largely has been spared.
Other nearby communities weren’t too lucky. Family friends of Extended suffered flooding three-quarters up the walls of their home and sustained damage to their own dog kennel. Neighbors lost horses into the flood waters, and many others slung suitcases on airboats to escape.
“It is the real deal out here,” Long said Wednesday. “I really actually don’t believe the nation really understands what’s happening out here.”
Sirles started Snapchat on Tuesday to come across an image of cinder blocks which a faculty friend announced that was left with his own trailer home. Friends in Sirles’ Bible study group needed parents’ houses washed away.
“It’s a mess, person,” Sirles said Wednesday. “that you don’t find a great deal of it on social networking. Individuals are not seeing it.”
An associate of Sirles’ in a hard-hit area indicated the most immediate aid to people affected would be a recharge. That spawned the thought of Thursday’s dinner, that your 2 Bills linemen hope will not just feed those needing dinner but also lift their spirits. Hy-Vee, a local food store, also has offered assistance.
“Me and Spencer are so blessed to have the ability to have a platform like that and go out and make a move in this way,” Sirles sad. “It’s special to us because that is where we call home and it feels like a responsibility to look after our own.”
ATTN Nebraskans: a unique dinner is planned for first responders, law enforcement, volunteers, victims, and the surrounding community. Special because of Colfax County for helping put this up.
Sirles, that re-signed with the Bills in January after joining the team last September, and Long, who signed with Buffalo in February, train together in the off season. They believe Thursday’s event as the first move up their process to help Nebraska recover.
“We whipped this up pretty fast,” Long stated. “Our goal from this is to come up with some thing better when we gather with people, start talking and come up with a way that we could [help], whether it’s donating supplies or money or something. That is sort of in the works right now. We’re gonna figure out that .”