COLUMBUS, Ga. – One local church is teaming up with a gridiron gladiator who calls Columbus home. It’s all in an effort to feed 100 families this Thanksgiving. Former Carver standout, now NFL running back, Isaiah Crowell is serving his hometown. The church in which he grew up, South Columbus United Methodist Church, traditionally stuffs 100 bags of food for those in need. This year, Crowell matched their efforts by donating 100 turkeys.
“We need to think about people that don’t have it as well as we might have it,” Rev. Reggie Williams, the pastor of South Columbus UMC, said. “People find themselves in a generous spirit during this time of the year.”
Williams believes that no matter what one has, they can always give. Crowell’s family, including his brother, mother, and aunt, along with several volunteers of all ages helped fill and dispense the food bags and turkeys.
“Sometimes I thought he wasn’t listening,” Isaiah’s mother Debbie said. “But he was. So Isaiah has a very grateful heart and this is a very humbling experience.”
Crowell hasn’t always had an NFL contract to provide for his family.
“It takes me back to the struggle when I was right there, sitting in those people’s places,” his mother said. “I was sitting in their seats.”
And now, the Crowell family is standing up to serve. Isaiah’s mother says she’s thankful that her son is able to give back to the community in which he grew up.
“This is another chapter in the book,” Crowell said. “I hope I live to see it.”