Local colleges help the victims of West

Posted at 11:14 PM, Apr 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-19 00:42:35-04

One of the advantages of being a top story nationally is donations have been pouring in from all over the country. Area colleges are on that list trying to do anything they can to help.

"I want people to know if they need assistance, we are certainly here to service them," said Jan Osburn, Texas State Technical College Public Information Officer.

Like many others around the area, TSTC in Waco has offered to turn their gym in a shelter.

"We've had various donations such as bedding, clothing, food items, water and different items," said Osburn.

Beds, Blankets, pillows, toiletries and even baby formula are all at the rec center for the victims of West.

"I got evacuated from the house and I didn't have a car and they brought me here," said Paula Rosewell, a West victim. 

At Baylor University, students from around the community were all eager to help in any way they can.

"I brought a couple of can foods, water, cereal," student Richard Vasquez said.

Trucks and trucks loaded fill of items all set to head to West.

"A guy worked for Baylor actually spread the word out that they needed help, and the word spread to social media," Drew Greenway, a local pastor.

Baylor University had a free concert with the band "Five for Fighting" to benefit for the victims of West. 

The Five for Fighting concert was originally set up for Baylor's annual event called Diadeloso, but it was opened up for the entire community, now calling it DiadelWest.