Octavius Thomas was a big contributor In the Rams victory over Charleston

South Carolina flooding hits close to home for Shepherd football player

(THE PICKET)—While many Americans across the country might have heard about the major flooding in South Carolina or seen pictures and videos on the Internet and television, the natural disaster hits closer to home for junior Rams football player Octavius Thomas.

Thomas is from the ocean town of Myrtle Beach, S.C. where the ocean currents mixed with record rain fall totals caused what Governor Nikki Haley called, “the highest rain fall totals the state has seen in 1,000 years.”

With many families losing everything, Shepherd is encouraging not only football fans but all students, family and alumni to contribute to the relief effort.

“No one I know personally was affected, it just got really bad a couple of blocks away from my home which caused businesses and schools to close. My message would be no matter what you have to offer, it matters and it counts whether it’s prayers, support cards or a donation. People that have lost things are thankful for all the help they can receive,” Thomas said.

To donate to the victims of the flood text STORM to 51555 or visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster/East-Coast-Floods-Disaster-Relief.

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