Mays Business School Professor Henry Musoma delivers a speech to volunteers. (Corey Stone/Flickr)
“I’m so blessed to be part of a university where students on a Saturday morning on the first week of school have gathered to make a difference,” Musoma said. “What is happening here I pray and hope starts a movement of generosity that is not just about a hurricane but about how we treat each other during this life.”
With only a phone call from student leaders, several local restaurants (Wings ’N More, Napa Flats, Grub Burger, Chick-fil-A, DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks, C&J Barbeque, and Firehouse Subs) delivered free food and drinks for volunteers.
BTHO Harvey began collecting needed items for hurricane victims on Aug. 30 at several locations on campus and around the Bryan-College Station community. It sent its first large truckload of provisions to Rosenberg, Texas, a city of more than 30,000 people that was especially hard hit by the storm and subsequent floods. Texas A&M former student Tyler Alberson, a 2013 graduate, donated the use of his U.S. Army hauler and also offered to drive it to Rosenberg.
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The group also is organizing a blood drive that will take place on campus today (Sept. 4) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Kyle Field. It plans to continue providing assistance in the way of manpower and donations of goods and money throughout the fall semester.
For decades, Aggies have yelled “Beat the Hell Outta” (BTHO) followed by the name of the opposing team at athletic events and other gatherings. A few days into the hurricane relief effort, students began using a second moniker: “Built To Help Others.”
To learn more about BTHO Harvey, including a list of needed supplies, visit bthoharvey.org, where you may donate to the American Red Cross, purchase a T-shirt, or join a list of volunteers. T-shirts are also available for $10 at the C.C. Creations warehouse in College Station, at today’s blood drive, in the Jackie Sherrill Letterman’s Lounge Monday through Friday, and at the Koldus Building four hours before kick-off of the Nicholls State football game on Saturday, Sept. 9.
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