Old Waverly Junior Golf helps Harvey victims

Junior Golfers at Old Waverly Golf Club recently held a shoe donation drive to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area. (submitted)
For Daily Times Leader

Old Waverly Junior Golf recently collected about 70 pairs of new and gently used shoes to assist those in areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The shoe drive has been held over the past week in an effort to assist Jonathan Dismuke - a Calhoun City native and golf director at the University of Houston.

Tim Yelverton and V.J. Trolio - two teaching professionals at Old Waverly who manage the Junior Golf program - decided to help their friend by asking the 25 junior golfers to bring in shoes to be distributed to shelters in the Houston area.

With participants ranging from six to 15 years old, Yelverton said the group collected roughly 40 shoes for the first pickup and close to 70 pairs total. The shoes will be shipped out to Houston at the end of this week.

“We wanted to give folks a few more days,” Yelverton said.

Through the effort, the University of Houston golf team will travel around to local shelters in the Houston area to hand out the donated shoes to children and families impacted by the hurricane.

Despite Mississippi not feeling the physical toll of Hurricane Harvey, Yelverton said it served as a opportunity for the community, coaches and parents to show children what it meant to help others stuck in tragic situations.

“A 6-year-old is going to react to a hurricane different than a 15-year-old, but they all understand the kids are hurting and are in a situation no one ever wants to be in,” Yelverton said. “They all want to help and it’s great for kids at this age to learn a way to help others and take care of their neighbor.”

Yelverton said he originally planned to accept shoe donations up until Monday, Sept. 11. Those with donations can drop them off at Old Waverly.