By Nicole Jones
The first formal check presentation for the newly established Cole Gordon’s the Helping Hand Foundation ended in hugs between Mayor Mike Foreman and Cole’s family.
It has only been a few months Scott and Heather Gordon, longtime Friendswood residents and community volunteers, lost their son Cole, a Friendswood High senior, to an auto accident on Sept. 23. Cole had been doing what he often did — helping move show livestock for students who otherwise couldn’t afford to — on that fateful day near Navasota, Texas.
To honor the memory of their beloved son, the family has established Cole Gordon’s Helping Hand Foundation. On Dec. 2 — just eight days before Cole would have turned 18 — the foundation presented the city with a check to cover costs of the colored lights that will illuminate City Hall.
“In our opinion it was the perfect it, now that we can change them for the holidays, to honor breast cancer awareness and other things we need to,” says Scott Gordon, president of the Lighthouse Charity Team, where Cole had also volunteered since he was old enough to help out.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Cole’s birthday, the City Hall lights were changed to yellow and red — yellow was Cole’s chosen competition color when showing livestock, and red representing the Lighthouse Team, where he’d spend a childhood learning to serve others.
A division of the foundation will be devoted to helping students raise and show livestock projects — something that Cole would be thrilled about, says foundation marketing director Jackie Lackey of Lackey Livestock.
“He would love that his dad has embraced his passion and wants to continue to support it,” she says, “that his parents have fallen in love with what he was in love with, and are working so hard to continue that in the lives of other kids.”
“The foundation and what we’re going to try to accomplish is to inspire and encourage kids through Cole’s legacy,” she continued, “which was helping others and being selfless in the way that you live.”
The family has been blessed to live in Friendswood, Scott Gordon says.
“There’s not words,” he said. “There is a lot of love and compassion in this town.”
The foundation is planning additional projects for the future, he said.