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Donations, collected by Campus Life at the Valle Verde campus,
packed and ready to be shipped off to hurricane victims.
Hurricane Harvey has left massive destruction in its wake.
In four days some areas received 51 inches of rain which caused flooding like Houston has never seen before.
According to Matthew Cappucci, an Atmospheric Sciences student at Harvard University and Washington Post contributor, there was an estimated $9 trillion gallons of water that fell on Houston and the surrounding areas within a 36-hour period.
That’s enough water to fill the Empire State building 33,000 times.
Cappucci explained that the amount of water that fell would be enough to cover the lower 48 states with just under a quarter of an inch of rain all at once.
Thousands of people have lost their homes and many have lost their lives.
The water was so high and dangerous, due to alligators, snakes, and contaminants, a projected 17,000 people needed to be rescued by boat.
The citizens of the United States have once again proven their patriotism by uniting as one and helping out neighbors in need.
JJ Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, has already raised over $27 million for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell Technologies and Houston native, has pledged $36 million.
Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has estimated the damages could reach up to $180 billion which is why every donation and contribution is needed in this time of crisis.
Raul Hernandez, Campus Life Representative of EPCC, has started donations for Hurricane Harvey at each campus.
“Students can go to any Campus Life office at their campus and take anything from gently used clothes, nonperishable goods, toys, anything like that,” says Raul Hernandez who is currently in the process of filling up a semi-trailer with donations.
Over Labor Day weekend, the Tejano cheerleaders gave up their personal time to organize the trucks and gather donations for Hurricane Harvey.
Hernandez explained that while they have been receiving a surplus of items such as bottles of water and canned food, “We’re not seeing a lot of pet food and baby items like diapers.”
While the donation of physical items will continue only until the semi-trailer is filled, it’s currently about halfway full, you can make a cash donation at any EPCC cashier as well.
All cash raised through the donations will go towards purchasing items that are still needed for families.
While donations through EPCC are appreciated, if you can’t make it to a cashier another convenient option is to text REDCROSS to 90999 for an automatic $10 donation to the Red Cross which will be charged to your wireless bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.