Stories From the Storm: Former NFL QB Tim Tebow Visits Hurricane Irma Evacuees

By Nancy Flory Published on September 12, 2017

As Florida deals with Hurricane Irma, the natural disaster has brought out some of the best of humanity. Neighbors are helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers. Here’s a story of kindness that we think will warm your heart.

Former NFL quarterback and professional baseball player Tim Tebow stopped by a Florida shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees Monday night. Tebow and Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the shelter set up in Landmark Middle School and signed autographs and posed for pictures.

“There’s a lot of things they are dealing with — a lot of worry, a lot of doubt, a lot of unknown. But if there’s a chance just to brighten their day, put a smile on their face or letting them not worry about their problems for a couple of seconds or minutes, it’s worth it,” said Tebow. “You can’t promise them you’re going to make things better, but you can promise you’ll stand side-by-side them when they go through it.”

Tebow tweeted about one of the evacuees he met at the shelter: “Totally uplifted by this #ww2 veteran, who’s spirit and talents encouraged his fellow visitors at this Special Needs Shelter! #irma” 

Tebow also made stops at other shelters. 

Tebow won the Heisman Trophy with the Florida Gators, and after a spotty NFL career now plays professional baseball for the New York Mets organization. 

If you haven’t already, please consider helping the victims of Irma. Samaritan’s Purse is collecting donations to help with relief efforts. You may donate by clicking here.

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