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NFL players, congressman lend aid to storm victims

Former Bassfield Yellowjackets A.J Moore, C.J. Moore and Cornell Armstrong recently gave back to the community that supported them all the way to the NFL.

The NFL players were at Jefferson Davis County High School last Thursday donating and handing out supplies to the victims of the Easter tornadoes.

All three players were personally affected by the storms. Armstrong’s father broke his ribs and underwent ankle surgery, while the Moore twins’ mother broke her foot and suffered lacerations and bruises.

“This catastrophic tornado has hurt our community,” said C.J. Moore. “We just want to give back to all those that have done so much for us, supporting us to get to where we are on all levels.”

“All we can do is thank them and give back to them and just show them that we care and give people hope.”

“I feel the exact same way,” said Armstrong. “These people have done so much for us, we just want to help in any way we can.”

The players spent their time giving out boxes of food, water, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer and other supplies.

“We have also been driving around giving out Walmart gift cards in those places that got hit the hardest,” said A.J. Moore. “These people have supported us every step of the way, and we want them to know they are not forgotten.”

The three lead the Yellowjackets to state championships in 2012 and 2013, and went on to play at Ole Miss and Southern Miss, respectively. Armstrong is now a cornerback with the Houston Texans. A.J. also plays for the Texans as a safety, while C.J. is a safety for the Detroit Lions.

U.S. Representative Michael Guest was in Bassfield Monday cleaning up debris on Graves Keys Road.

“I am so appreciative of Congressman Guest and the group he brought to help our victims,” said JDC EMA Director Jocelyn Ragsdale. We are so grateful for everything he has done for our county.”

Representatives  from Sen. Roger Wicker’s and U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo’s offices were also in the county Monday offering assistance.

Up-to-date storm information can be found on  the Town of Bassfield, Charley Dumas and The Prentiss Headlight Facebook pages.

Bassfield City Hall has been deemed the staging area where victims can find information on the direction they need to take  for receiving help. The area is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The donation reception center is a the JDCH gymnasium and is for all citizens affected. It is open every Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“If you have not done so, please visit www.jeffdavis33ema.org and sign up for CodeRED,” said Ragsdale. CodeRED weather warning system allows citizens to be notified in the event of emergency situations.—