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Ram Fam Steps Up

Rams won’t let Hurricane Harvey win

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On September 7, 2017

Photo by Marsalis Mahome
Manny Campos belts a cover song at his Birthday Bash to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas on Aug. 25 with winds reaching 130 mph, 51.88 inches of rain in some parts of the state, and a death toll of at least 60 people.

The Category 4 hurricane caused billions of dollars worth of damage along the middle Texas coast and floodwaters overtook many areas of Houston and surrounding cities.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, members of the Ram Fam have stepped up to serve their fellow Texans.

ASU partnered with local and state businesses to hold a fundraiser and blood drive for affected areas on Tuesday in the HEB parking lot.

63 pints of blood and around $30,000 were donated at the drive.

Other partners in the event were HEB, 1st Community Federal Credit Union, SAISD, United Blood Services, KLST, and KSAN.

Political Science instructor and local musician Manny Campos held a birthday bash at the House of Fifi DuBois which raised $2500 to benefit hurricane victims.

"The money from Saturday’s event went toward buying gas cards and generators for power," Campos said. "Tony and Fifi, the owners of Fifi Dubois, took several trucks worth of goods and supplies."

Campos said he has been using his birthday to benefit those in need since he moved to San Angelo 12 years ago.

This year’s celebration was the biggest yet with over 300 people in attendance.

Campos wasn’t the only member of the Ram Fam who has been reaching out to Harvey’s victims.

Two Sigma Kappa sisters, Jenny Sanchez, senior, and Alondra Lara, sophomore, went to Houston to work at a shelter for those displaced by floodwaters.

"After seeing on social media the damage Harvey left behind, I couldn’t just stand by and watch," Sanchez said. "It only takes one person to help make a difference, so why not be that person? I tried putting myself in their shoes and imagine what it would feel like to lose everything."

"After watching the news and posts on social media I realized they not only needed donations but they needed hands to pass things out and friendly faces to welcome them in," Lara said.

Sanchez and Lara also delivered supplies to local churches and neighborhoods.

"I really enjoyed the feeling that came along with helping others," Sanchez said. "It was amazing seeing different types of people coming together and help out complete strangers."

"There were so many people with different backgrounds, beliefs, and ethnicities yet we were all there for one purpose: to serve," Lara said. "It was heartwarming to see donations and volunteers from all across the country. I am so proud to call myself an American."

Becky Brackin, Director of Communications & Marketing, said ASU reached out to students from the affected areas in order to provide aid.

"We’re trying to help our students in stages when and where it is needed," Brackin said.

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