A local tragedy, a drunk driver killing two Shenendehowa High School students, has gripped the Albany area for the last couple of days. 17 year olds Deanna Rivers, a softball player at Shen, and Christopher Stewart, a captain on one of the best football teams in the state, have been taken from their friends and families far too soon.

The two survivors of the crash, Shen football player Matthew Hardy and Shaker student Bailey Wind were dating Rivers and Stewart before the tragedy.

Now Albany area youth have taken to social media to attempt to help the survivors pick up the pieces.

What started out as a few students looking to help a friend has turned into a trending topic across the entire United States on Twitter, in which the goal is to get New York Jets quarterback and inspirational figure Tim Tebow to call Hardy to help lift his spirits.

The hashtag, #TebowCallMatt, has since been tweeted by important local figures such as Siena men's and women's basketball standouts O.D. Anosike and Lily Grenci, with it even earning a brief mention on ESPN television programming leading up to tonight's Monday Night Football game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.

High school and college students generally garner a bad reputation for various stereotypes intended to make them look like miscreants of one kind or another. In response to those stereotypes, I present these students who are doing their part, regardless of how big or small, just to help boost the morale of someone who can truly use it.

Hopefully Tebow comes through and gives Hardy a call. It's the least he deserves after living through what he's lived through over the last couple of days.

UPDATE 10:15 P.M.: The community is now looking to get a phone call to Bailey Wind, the Shaker diver who also survived the crash. The Albany area continues to band together to help these kids.

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