Daily Sports Smile: Pelicans, Saints distribute supplies and hot meals in New Orleans community

Jaylon Thompson
USA TODAY Sports Plus

The New Orleans Pelicans and New Orleans Saints continued to help aid Hurricane Ida relief efforts in Louisiana. On Friday, both teams helped to distribute supplies and meals to residents at the New Wine Christian Fellowship Church in LaPlace, LA.

Several team personnel distributed water, toiletries, baby items, and snacks for residents. The community outreach was in partnership with AmeriHealth and United Way. LaPlace is one of many areas that were impacted by Hurricane Ida. Many citizens lost power and suffered property damage in the aftermath of the storm.

In August, Pelicans governor Gayle Benson made a $1 million donation towards the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund. The donation went towards helping the community restore damages across the state.

“We know there is much work to be done to restore power and other infrastructure,” Benson released in part of the August statement. “We have been in touch with government leaders at every level to offer any assistance we can, including the use of any of our facilities - all of which have sustained only superficial damage.”

The Saints also inspired Louisiana residents on the field. The organization released a heartwarming video tribute after a season-opening victory against the Green Bay Packers. Saints star linebacker Demario Davis stated that it was important to bring cheer to the community on the field.

“Certainly, going into this game, we knew it meant a lot not just to us but to the city,” Davis said. “We even talked about it as captains that we knew that even though some people don’t have power, were going to find a way to watch the Saints. That is just what this team means to the city. The city means the same to us. We are one.”

The Pelicans are currently preparing for the upcoming 2021-2022 NBA season. The Saints will face the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon.