Former South Carolina star football player gives back to flood victims

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WBTW) – Former South Carolina and NFL running back Marcus Lattimore scored in a different way Sunday — bringing 25 kids who were hardest hit by the October floods on a shopping spree for the holidays.

Since injuries cut his career short, the football star has made it his mission to give back to those less fortunate with his foundation, and he wanted to make sure people remember those still cleaning up from the flood.

Many people living in Georgetown County are still displaced — months after the devastating flood waters receded.

As the cleanup continues, many families still are months away from being able to go back home. It’s a situation some flood victims say has been forgotten by the larger community.

“Right after the flood, we had news crews just flooding us. Now, everybody’s just left us alone, and we need help,” said a mother of one of the children on the shopping spree.

Said Lattimore: “I just want to bring awareness to what’s really going on in Georgetown County.”

Lattimore is not from the area — he grew up four hours away in Spartanburg — but he met with the state’s Director of Disaster Recovery to see which areas were most at risk of having a slow recovery.

“And Andrews was No. 1 on that list,” Lattimore said.

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