LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - All summer long, the 13 teenagers that made up the Little League World Series U.S. Champions worked to raise money to fund their trips. While in Williamsport, reality sunk in for the players and they realized others needed money more than they did.
While the team was playing the All-Stars from Greenville, North Carolina, Hurricane Harvey was making it's way to a second landfall between Texas and Louisiana. It was clear that the people back home were suffering. After returning to Eats Texas as champions, the team went to work on giving back. Several have volunteered at area hotels where evacuees were staying.
The team came together and designed shirts that said "helping home base" and had all their signatures. They were sold at AAA Trophy for $15. All the money went to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief fund. Wednesday night the team present a check for over $7,400 to the fund. Shirts are still being sold to help the effort.
The team is also auctioning an autographed jersey donated by Sew Junkies. The team hopes to raise at least $5,000 on the jersey. That money will also go to the Salvation Army. You can bid by going here.