As the death toll continues to rise following the tragic mudslide which hit a community north of Seattle, members of two of the cities sports franchises visited the area Monday.
Players from MLS side the Seattle Sounders, and Super Bowl winning NFL franchise the Seattle Seahawks paid a visit to a community center in Darrington, located near the fatal Washington mudslide.
With the region still struggling to terms with the events of the past 10 days the likes of Super Bowl MVP Michael Smith and Sounders striker Kenny Cooper attempted to offer a distraction:
"To be able to offer a little bit of a release or a distraction from what's going on, I mean that's all you can do," Smith told Komo News.
In an effort to bring some positive news to the community of Oso, located northeast of Seattle, in a time of great difficultly the players signed autographs, threw footballs and played pickup soccer with some of the more than 300 residents present.
One youngster, 10-year-old Jacob Spelman, was moved by the presence of the two Seattle franchises:
"I just feel like they care and that they would like it if we felt better," he told reporters.
As of Tuesday, police are now reporting the death toll has risen to 24 with 22 people still unaccounted for after the events of March 22.