Thursday, September 08, 2005

Saints -- no, really, saints.

The Saints' bus stopped at a nearby Wal-Mart, and the players grabbed carts and headed up the aisles to buy a variety of life's necessities for their fellow Louisianans, many of whom left New Orleans with nothing but the clothing on their backs.

Linebacker T.J. Slaughter loaded up on toothbrushes, denture adhesive, disposable diapers, body wash and feminine products.

He also had two big sacks of candy. Kicker John Carney wheeled up to the register with a heap of T-shirts, shorts and men's and women's underwear. Offensive lineman Kendyl Jacox bought a bunch of footballs, basketballs and soccer balls.

Tight end Shad Meier raided the toy aisles. He grabbed up markers, Legos, playing cards, battery-powered walkie-talkies and books.

"I was just thinking of the stuff I used to love to play with when I was a kid," he said. "You've got to keep their imaginations busy."

Receiver Joe Horn filled two carts with bunches of roses and daisies.

"Flowers for the ladies, to lift their spirits," he said.

Thus laden, the Saints motored on to KellyUSA, where 1,784 people are living in close quarters.

USA Today

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