RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The group is rallying collectively to assist a former Virginia Commonwealth University basketball participant after his household residence was destroyed by Hurricane Ida.
Malik Crowfield wore the quantity ’13’ jersey proud on VCU’s court docket from 2016 to 2020. RamNation and the Richmond-area group are actually coming collectively to assist considered one of their very own after the historic storm wreaked havoc in Crowfield’s residence state of Louisiana.
“It was heartbreaking and depressing too,” stated Crowfield. “People are just sad they lost everything, especially their house.”
Crowfield is considered one of many on the Gulf Coast who misplaced all the things. He shared that there’s been some tears, however he’s attempting to remain robust for his household. The former VCU Point Guard, his dad and mom and grandmother stay in LaPlace, Louisiana and a day earlier than the storm they had been compelled to evacuate to Gonzales, a close-by metropolis within the state.
Two days after the class 4 storm hit, the Crowfield household returned again to their residence in shock to search out heavy injury. He goes on to say that it’s been tougher as a result of his grandmother is sick and depends on at-home hospice care.
“I’m staying strong,” Crowfield advised 8News. “I’m praying every night making sure that God got us.”
Documenting the destruction, Crowfield snapped quite a few footage of the injury and offered them to 8News. The images present heavy inexperienced mildew rising on the lounge sofa, clumps of filth and particles on the ground, partitions peeling and caving in, home equipment toppled, and the yard unrecognizable.
The fence, shed and swimming pool are cut up and destroyed from heavy wind and falling timber. Crowfield additionally sharing that he misplaced all his garments, footwear, and electronics.
“It’s crazy. Powerlines are down. The gas pumps were crazy with powerlines falling over them,” Crowfield defined. “This big tree by my uncle’s house just fell on his house. When I got in my house, it was like four to five feet of water.”
In want of assist, Crowfield created a GoFundMe with a part of the outline studying:
“I was taught to always help someone, Be a blessing. So I’m asking you to Please, help me be a blessing to my family and donate. Right now we are homeless with no help otherwise. I’m asking for me but more importantly for my family”
The males’s head basketball coach at VCU, Mike Rhoades, confirmed assist on-line for his former participant. Rhoades posted in regards to the fundraiser on social media.
“Attention RamNation! We need your help! One of our own, former Ram Malik Crowfield’20 & his family were impacted by Hurricane Ida. We always take care of each other & step up. I hope you can donate to his page below. Thank you!”
The group and RamNation stepped up in a giant method to assist. Over $17,000 has been donated in simply at some point for important objects, housing and clean-up.
Through the devastation, the Crowfield household says they’re grateful for the outpouring of assist as they attempt to get again on their ft; crediting RamNation and the Richmond group.
“Thank you,” Crowfield stated as he smiled. “I appreciate you. I love all y’all. Thank you for the donations. It’s a real honor to have y’all keeping in contact with me and my family. Love y’all.”
Crowfield and his household are staying with prolonged household till they discover everlasting housing. Despite all of the tragedy, they’re grateful to be alive and have weathered the storm.