Saints punter Thomas Morstead wants his team’s fans to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with him — and in the process help his efforts to advocate for cancer patients, children and other causes.
Morstead on Friday night will host a launch party for an apparel line dubbed Sprout 6, all the profits of which will benefit the punter’s philanthropic foundation, “What You Give Will Grow.” For the clothing line, Morstead teamed up with B NOLA, a T-shirt company started in New Orleans.
The Sprout 6 event will be at the B NOLA store at 4500 Magazine St. No. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. Morstead, some Saints teammates, several food trucks and live music by Twilight Band are all supposed to be at the party, according to a news release.
In a statement, Morstead said All Sprout 6 products will come with a card that has a tracking number and instructions to perform a random act of kindness and to then pass on the card to the recipient of the act. The one-time Pro Bowler said he hopes the “GEAUXGIVE” cards inspire “endless unplanned acts of giving,” whether it’s paying strangers’ bar tabs, buying them cups of coffee or something more noble.
Recipients of GEAUXGIVE acts of kindness can visit Morstead’s foundation’s website, WhatYouGiveWillGrow.com, to find out the story behind individual card.
Morstead began What You Give Will Grow in 2012 as a donor-advised fund with the Greater New Orleans Foundation. However, at the conclusion of a project with a group whose mission is to start 52 businesses and nonprofits in a year to demonstrate that entrepreneurial and charitable undertakings are more feasible to start than people might think, Morstead turned What You Give Will Grow into a full-fledged, 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
That permits What You Give Will Grow to access a wider range of grants and fundraising opportunities as it supports cancer research and hosts activities like birthday parties for New Orleans-area children in foster care.
“It’s always been my vision that ‘What You Give Will Grow’ is more than a foundation,'” Morstead said in a statement. “It’s a movement.”
Amidst his charitable projects, Morstead and his wife, Lauren, had their first child April 15, a son named Maxwell.
“It’s been an exciting couple of months,” Morstead said.