With her hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in need, Baylor head women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey wanted to lend a hand. After speaking with representatives in Tangipahoa Parish and identifying a specific need, Mulkey arranged to have $35,000 worth of school supplies delivered to students in the area.
“I am a product of the public schools in Hammond, and I found out the kids are in need of school supplies,” Mulkey said. “Because I am so far away, this is the least I could do to help.
Mulkey partnered with HEB, which obtained supplies lists from the schools and worked to get the needed supplies in one place for transport, and Averitt Express, which will deliver the supplies to the Hammond School Board.
According to Jeff Herbelin, who is a personal friend to Mulkey and affiliate of Averitt Express, it was all hands on deck to make sure the supplies reached the Hammond area.
“These products came from five distribution centers in Texas and it was all brought to Waco,” Herbelin said. “(Kim) needed a carrier to handle this and she contacted me for that. I got on the phone with her and we got this thing rolling.”
The pens, pencils, folders, paper, calculators, and additional supplies left on a truck this morning from the HEB on Valley Mills Drive, and will be delivered to the Hammond School Board at 8 a.m. this Saturday. The supplies will be in the hands of area K-12 students on the first day of school next Wednesday.
“Thirty-five thousand dollars was raised by Kim, HEB, local businesses, personal friends, and those with ties to Louisiana,” Herbelin said. “They were having a lot of trouble finding school supplies. They talked to Kim and they got things going. Not only is this school supplies for the Tangipahoa Parish, but they are also allowing displaced students in who are still suffering from the flooding for schooling.”
OF NOTE: Herbelin did not drive the truck to Hammond.