COLLEGE STATION, TX — "We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we. True to each other, as Aggies can be."
Said words, have demonstrated themselves through the actions of Aggies this month. From identifying leaks left by the winter storm to hosting their own warming center at Reed Arena; the commitment to selfless service has been felt strongly all across Aggieland.
Unfortunately, though, students in College Station were not immune to joining the millions of Texans without power last week. As even basic necessities are still being restored, the Texas A&M community has launched a donation drive through the Spirit of Giving.
Titled 'Maroon & Orange: Texas Tough!', this student-created fund-raising competition, started, after leaders from both flagship Texas schools wanted to help their peers recover from this recent weather disaster.
Donations to “Maroon and Orange: Texas Tough” will provide relief for students affected by the crisis through small grants. Contributions will help Aggies replace spoiled groceries from power outages, along with personal items and school supplies destroyed by burst pipes, and help with bills that they may now struggle to pay soon.
For Texas A&M, contributions will go to the Texas A&M University Disaster Relief Fund. Originally created to assist Aggies following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the fund has also supported students, faculty and staff with immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributions will be processed quickly to get funds into the hands of university leadership with the responsibility of assessing needs.
The 12-day crowdfunding effort will end on Wednesday, March 10.
In the spirit of friendly competition, the school that raises the most money will be announced at the March 30 baseball game between the two rivals.
Students seeking aid as a result of the winter storm can submit an application online.