Valley resident and former NFL player in Houston, dispersing aid

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Anthony McClanahan (Source: Anthony McClanahan) Anthony McClanahan (Source: Anthony McClanahan)

A valley resident and former NFL player jumped in a car with his wife to travel to Houston, helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

"My wife and I left Arizona nine days ago," said Anthony McClanahan. "We came here, only thinking we were going to be here for two, because our friend's house was submerged underwater."

[RELATED: Phoenix firefighters continue to provide aid in Texas]

McClanahan, who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the 90s, describes what he is seeing in one word: despair. 

"You see these people, come out with me and my rig. I'll show you what I mean," he said. "Hundreds of thousands of people sleeping outside being attacked by mosquitos."

[RELATED: Phoenix Firefighters Fight Flooding in Texas]

He started a GoFundMe page, which has already surpassed $5,000.

"We sleep in our truck, we sleep at officer's houses, we have friends who are police officers so we go those counties and we sleep there," he said.

But this athlete has the training to get the job done. 

[RELATED: Arizona Red Cross volunteers join Harvey relief efforts in Texas]

"Coaches have always taught you how to persevere and how to be a leader, how to direct traffic when traffic is busy, and finagle your way through so business gets done," he said.

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Lindsey ReiserLindsey Reiser is a Scottsdale native and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

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Lindsey returned to the Valley in 2010 after covering border and immigration issues in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso she investigated public corruption, uncovered poor business practices, and routinely reported on the violence across the border.

Lindsey feels honored to have several awards under her belt, including a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Hearst Journalist Award, and several National Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Lindsey is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and she currently serves as a mentor to journalism students. She studied for a semester in Alicante, Spain and also earned a degree in Spanish at ASU.

She is proud to serve as a member of United Blood Services’ Community Leadership Council, a volunteer advisory board for the UBS of Arizona.

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