(WBIR - West Knox County) Youth football player Nic Hodge on Saturday was playing for more than points on the scoreboard, he was on the field to help an East Tennessee family, the McClains, who lost everything in a house fire.
Nic's mom, Misty Hodge, said her son didn't know any of the McClains personally but he seemed determined to help them. She said he immediately donated a handful of his toys and some money left over from the tooth fairy.
But, Nic still wanted to do more.
His mom said they then came up with the idea of having people donate money for every touchdown he would score in Saturday's youth football game. She said the amounts varied with people pledging as much as $20 per touchdown.
Although Nic didn't make it to the end zone on Saturday, the Touchdowns for Trying Times fundraiser still raised $1,000 for the McClain family.
According to Nic's mom, the McClains, a family of six with four kids, are now staying in a single hotel room after the house they were renting caught fire. The family's 4-year-old son discovered the fire and helped alert his parents so everyone could get out safely.