Texans’ Jacob Martin gives food to families at Harvest Time Church – Houston Chronicle

Jacob Martin had a strong emotional reaction beyond personally dealing with a lack of power and water this week during a deadly winter storm that ravaged the city of Houston and the state of Texas.

The dire situation motivated the Texans outside linebacker and Katy native to get involved at a familiar venue for his charitable efforts: Harvest Time Church.

Martin spent his Saturday afternoon helping to pass out vegetables, canned goods and milk to 200 families impacted by Winter Storm Uri.

“Today is just about filling the need of the community, asking people what they’re lacking and trying to fill that need,” Martin said. “We’re just trying to fill the basic needs right now. It makes me really appreciate the things that I have and count my blessings, trying to find the positive in negative situations and trying to bring the light back to people and try to give as much as I can no matter what I have or don’t have.

“Whether that’s time or money or food, I try to do as much as I possibly can for the people around me. I just think it’s the right thing to do. You should help those in need. You should give even when you’re without to try to find the positive in negative situations. It could always be worse. For me, it’s easy to give and try to inspire people.”

Partnering with legacy pastor Shelton Bady and lead pastor R.J. Matthews to give away food, Martin has also established a GoFundMe page reachtx.org with a goal of $250,000.

“The thought is to try to reach as many people as possible,” Martin said. “That will ideally help.”

Martin reflected on the dozens of lives lost during the storm, including fatalities attributed to suicides, carbon monoxide poisoning, fires and medical emergencies.

“Some people went to sleep and didn’t wake up,” Martin said. “That’s very unfortunate. That’s terrible. That blows my mind how there was no space in shelters, people’s homes are burning down. Truly terrible. There’s a lot of people’s needs that aren’t food or water.”

Bady emphasized that the church wants to do all it can to help the community.

“There’s certainly a great need and we’re trying to do what we can,” Bady said. “Everybody is trying to do the best we can. We’re trying to be part of the solution not the problem. I saw people fighting back emotions. They’re overwhelmed.”

Matthews noted that it’s going to take a lot of sustained effort to aid those hit hard by the storm.

“We can’t solve every problem,” he said. “We’re doing anything we can to meet those needs and uplift those spirits. We have hope now as we band together as a community and a city.”

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