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Former Saint John Fourcade helping Storm victims

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

He once played for the New Orleans Saints. Now he's leading a massive collection drive for Hurricane Sandy victims. Former NFL quarterback John Fourcade is asking coast residents to join in the effort.

Fourcade has teamed up with firefighters in Gulfport and Bay St. Louis to supply drop off points for donated relief supplies.

"I want to help the people up in New York," Fourcade said. "I have a trailer, I want to fully load it up with water, beverages, food, clothes, anything I can, to help the people up there."

Fourcade said helping should be an easy decision for everyone on the coast.

"Because when we had Katrina, people helped us, and why not help them? It's a situation where we're a country that helps everybody and I don't see why I can't get off my butt and help people when I've got free time on my hands."

Adding Fourcade to the huddle is the latest push to what's become a coastwide effort to send help to Hurricane Sandy victims.

"I'm over here all the time playing golf, I have a lot of friends. I know here I'm here every Wednesday and every Saturday playing golf in Bay St. Louis. I remember the New York guys coming down here helping with Katrina, and why not return the favor. This is not me and New Orleans, this is me and the Gulf Coast doing this trip," explained Fourcade.

Fourcade is asking that all donations be dropped off at the Bay St. Louis Central Fire Station on Main Street or at any fire station in Gulfport. The donations should be dropped off before December 3rd. That's when Fourcade and his trailer will head north.

"If we have too much stuff and I can't get it all in the trailer, trip number two will come a little bit after that. I'll take another trip."

The New Orleans Saints will play the New York Giants on December 9th in New York. Fourcade said he plans to stay in town to watch that game after handing out the coast's generous donations.

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