LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Be the good this holiday season.

That's the mission of a Trinity High School football player, who had a stellar season on the field.

It was a standout season for #7 Stephen Herron: a state championship for Trinity High School, lead tackler and interest from the some of the country's top programs...and he's only a sophomore.

"A lot of big things happened this year, a lot of good things, so I figured I'd add another good thing to the list," Herron said.

He decided to end the year on a high note with a final act of kindness. Herron launched "SJ's Kids," a non-profit foundation devoted to helping at-risk youth in Kentuckiana.

"We had to buy cleats, pay some bills for some families, and after I saw what they went though, I just decided I wanted to help kids all across the community -- just really help them and help their Christmas out, since they don't get a lot of stuff," Herron said.

The 16-year-old decided to start small with a youth shelter drive.

Herron and his mother placed donation boxes at locations in Louisville, New Albany and Radcliff, not expecting to get much.

"Just me and my mom kind of do it. (We) put boxes at all these locations around the community from E-town to Louisville to New Albany. We do all these things, and we just hope these boxes get filled," Herron said.

In just one week, they've filled the boxes with enough to donate two truck loads.

"I figured if I get one thing and make one kid happy, it'll be a huge success," Herron said.

The shoes, clothes and toys will go to The Home of the Innocents in Louisville and Open Door Youth Services in New Albany.

"The fact that people want to donate, they want to get to more kids around this local area really, really touched me," Herron said.

With the initial success, Herron hopes "SJ's Kids" continues to grow.

He wants to hold football camps starting in the spring and make the Christmas drive an annual event.

"My mom always told me that I've been very blessed, and pass the blessing along to other kids who weren't as blessed as me. That pays off, it pays dividends in life," Herron said.

Donations will be accepted through December 22 at the following locations:


  • The Corner Barbershop inside Mall St. Matthews between JCPenney and Dillard's Men.
  • Healthy Eating Meal Prep, LLC, 2280 Bardstown Rd

New Albany:

  • Main Street Pub, 147 E Main Street


  • The Shop, 169 E Vine Street

Visit Facebook for more information about "SJ's Kids."

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