Ridge Point raises money for flood victims at rival school Dickinson

DICKINSON, Texas – The game between Dickinson High School and Ridge Point High School didn't begin with a kickoff.

In a tremendous show of support, this clash began with handshakes and hugs.

"Please know that we wish you all the best as you continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey," said the PA announcer as representatives from both schools met at the 50-yard line. "Although our two teams may compete on the field, in this moment we are united as two communities."

In just the second game at Dickinson High School since Hurricane Harvey, a group of mothers at Fort Bend's Ridge Point High School collected hundreds of gift cards from elementary, middle and high school students.

Dickinson was one of the hardest-hit areas in the flooding -- and while the two teams did have to fight it out on the field, the presentation at the beginning of the game was the winning moment.

"We knew that their community was devastated and it kind of gave us a second to take a chance and realize how lucky we are and just appreciate everything we have," said Ridge Point student Alyssa Codecky. "And so we knew we had to give back."

Dickinson High School's principal was overjoyed with the presentation.

"The generosity, the outpouring of love. It's just amazing and it's very heartfelt and we're very, very grateful," Billye Smith said. "Very humbled by this gesture."

The decision to donate cards started when Ridge Point parents asked Dickinson head coach John Snelson, who had 3 feet of water in his own home, what would help the most, and he said money. They decided to give gift cards, and collected cards from Whataburger, Home Depot, Walmart and Target.

Dickinson High School will decide how the gift cards are distributed to students and families.

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