HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some Lamar County championship high school football players worked as a team off the field Thursday to assist an organization which helps the needy in the Hattiesburg area.
More than one dozen members of the Oak Grove High School football team cleaned tables and visited with folks eating lunch at Christian Services, Inc. on 2nd Street.
That organization serves hot lunches five days a week to the homeless and other needy people in the community.
Oak Grove is the current 5-A state champion.
"I wanted to come help the people that don't have as much privilege as I do," said Tyler Pollard, a senior left tackle on the team. "It helps me be thankful for what I do have," he said.
"It humbles you," said Nick Vines, a junior right guard. "It makes you feel good that you're doing something right for the community and helping out, instead of sitting at home and doing nothing," he said.
"It is just so exciting to see all of our volunteers when they come, but especially young people come out," said Cookie Prout, vice-president and co-director of Christian Services, Inc.
More players are set to volunteer at Christian Services before school starts.