GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - Marcus Lattimore says he was distraught when he saw pictures of homes destroyed by the flooding, and wanted to do something to ensure the kids affected the most were still able to celebrate Christmas.
"I just wanted to bring awareness to what's really going on in Georgetown County." said Lattimore. Marcus Lattimore, the former pro running back and South Carolina native says he's dedicated himself to helping kids in need.
That's why he says he and his family felt the need to give back to children and families still struggling after the recent flood. Lattimore also stressed the importance of being a strong role model for young kids. "It's still amazing to me, the impact that I do have. It's something that I don't take lightly at all. I don't take it for granted, and every opportunity I have to meet a kid that looks up to me in any kind of way, I'm going to take that opportunity because I know it's going to help them."
Each of the twenty five kids selected were given a Wal-Mart gift card to use on anything in the store, as well as a new pair of shoes. Volunteers and members of the Lattimore family helped the kids pick out what they wanted. Marcus says having his family with him makes the experience that much more fulfilling. "It's one thing that's just dear to my heart because my family we're always together. We always do things together, and this is one thing that we can bond over." The Marcus Lattimore Foundation is also dedicated to helping young athletes who live in low-income areas.