Argo opens house to victims

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

Derrick (Bo) Lewis is very thankful his immediate family in Jackson, Miss., narrowly avoided the worst of Hurricane Katrina's damage.

Now, the Argos linebacker/defensive back is providing a home to relatives who were not so lucky.

While 70% of homes in Jackson remained without electricity yesterday, Lewis' wife and three kids had full power in their home. About 10-15 of Lewis' relatives from New Orleans are en route to Jackson and many will stay at his house.

"We're pretty much opening our doors and trying to help any way we can," Lewis said yesterday. "That could have happened to us. You never know. It's better to give than receive.

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"As far as I know, everyone is safe. To my knowledge, everyone out of New Orleans did leave. We had nobody who stayed behind. (But) their homes are completely destroyed."

While things are a lot better in Jackson, there are some issues.

"It's becoming overpopulated with everybody fleeing there," Lewis said, adding the gasoline is supply is expected to run out in Jackson. "Police are having problems keeping an eye on everybody, making sure people don't commit a lot of crimes."

No Argos live in the evacuated or flooded areas, but the hurricane certainly hit close to home for some team members. Running back John Avery has had some relatives from New Orleans living at his mother's place in North Carolina. And, coach Pinball Clemons' wife's 101-year-old grandmother lives 30 minutes outside Mobile, Ala., an area that has had some problems.

"I think what we need to do is figure out what we're going to do as an organization to try to do our part," Clemons said. "I know our family is going to make a donation. We need to see what we can do in a real tangible way. Personally, I have a couple of suggestions to challenge people in our community."


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