Community hosts drive to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief

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The Texas Army National Guard pulls a boat across a flooded highway in Houston.

Emily Dickson, Conceptual Editor in Chief

Producing devastation so critical that critics are comparing it to Katrina in 2005, hurricane Harvey has already dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the Houston, TX area since midnight of Aug. 25. Recovery is expected to cost at least 40 billion and take years. Recognizing the impact of this disaster, West alum and current Marine Cody Boone has volunteered to drive down donations made by students and faculty where they can be used by victims of the hurricane.

Donations must be returned to social studies teacher Annie Wayland’s room or the math concept center by the end of the day on Sept. 1.

Items needed include:

two way radios/satellite radios
charged power-packs
air horns
toiletries
feminine hygiene products
dry clothes/underwear
towels
blankets
non-perishable food
batteries
baby food/formula/diapers
trash bags
cleaning supplies/mops/buckets
Toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, Clorox wipes
Hand sanitizer and body cleansing wipes
Human and dog vests
Sealed dry storage containers
First aid kits
Strong flashlights with extra batteries
Duct tape, scotch tape, and zip ties
pet food/leashes/supplies
Pool noodles

In order to increase participation in a friendly competition, students can team up with sports or activities they are involved with and place their donations in their sponsor’s section of the math concept center. The donations will be totaled during 2nd, 4th, and 7th hour and a final total and group winner will be announced after school Sept. 1.

Members of the West community can also contribute to the drive by attending the 7:00 pm home football game on Sept. 1, where the Longhorn Council will be collecting monetary donations and items.