Austin, Texas – – Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin are running a fundraiser to help students struggling financially after the recent winter storms that hit the state.
The two universities say that despite the restoration of water and electricity after the winter storms, the students are still doing repairs on damaged homes and impending bill payments. Student leaders want to help their colleagues recover from the disaster through a joint fundraiser.
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Longhorn Nation can donate through the HornRaiser crowdfunding platform, and the Texas A&M community can donate through Spirit of Giving. Donations to Orange and Maroon: Texas Tough are helping storm-hit students by replacing food spoiled by power outages, replacing personal items and school supplies destroyed by burst pipes, and helping with bills.
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Universities say the campaign was launched after talks between Anagha Kikkeri, president of the UT student government and Eric Mendoza, president of the Texas A&M student body. Longhorns and Aggies were equally badly affected by the freeze that hit the region.
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“We want the students to be able to concentrate on what they are here for – the school,” said Mendoza. “Distractions that are beyond their control, like this winter storm, make this difficult, especially when the effects are financial.”
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Donations to the emergency funds of the schools support the students directly through small grants. Even a small contribution can be of great help to students faced with unexpected expenses, Mendoza said, whether it’s food lost in power outages or other weather-related losses.
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The 12-day crowdfunding campaign ends on Wednesday March 10th. In the spirit of friendly competition, the school that raises the most money for needy Texan students will be announced at the rivals baseball game on March 30th.
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“This was probably the most uniquely challenging year students have faced in a long time,” said Kikkeri. “We’ve had so much unrest, so many injuries in the country – it just permeates our whole lives. The winter storm was one more thing that got added to the mix and we’re seeing a great need for students right now.”
UT Austin students seeking help due to winter storms can apply online here. Texas A&M students seeking help can apply online here.