To help with relief efforts in the tornado ravaged Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Texas Tech Football team will be collecting supplies for a Saturday trip to Lancaster where volunteers will aid relief organizations in the cleanup that is currently underway.
Volunteers from the Texas Tech football team will join head coach Tommy Tuberville in a day trip to the metroplex to visit an area that was struck by 13 reported Tornadoes on Tuesday afternoon. The team will concentrate its effort in Lancaster which was one of the cities impacted the most by Tuesday's storms.
The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex makes up Texas Tech's largest alumni base (approximately 40,000) while 7,600 students from DFW were enrolled at Texas Tech in the fall semester. Of Texas Tech's 400 student-athletes, 69 are from the DFW Metroplex, including 24 on the current football roster.
"Dallas/Fort Worth is basically our second home and we were devastated on Tuesday as we watched the live reports detailing the damage," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "We felt like this was the right thing to do for our football program and for Texas Tech University. Going down there and volunteering our time and providing aid is the least we can do for a community that has given so much to Texas Tech for so many years."
Texas Tech is asking that all DFW area alumni and fans dedicate this Saturday to volunteering for local relief organizations and to help aid in the cleanup. The team will arrive at Lancaster High School around noon on Saturday to drop off relief supplies that will be collected in Lubbock on Friday and will then report to the Lancaster Public Library (1600 Veterans Parkway) around 1 p.m. to begin cleanup.
Texas Tech is making a call to the Lubbock community and asking that fans donate supplies to the relief effort beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday morning at the Football Training Facility (6th Street and Univ. Ave - East Side of Jones AT&T Stadium). The Texas Tech Football equipment truck, provided by Willis Moving & Storage and Lubbock Truck Sales, will be parked in front of the facility and will transport the supplies in a caravan with the volunteers from the football program on Saturday morning.
The following are items that are being requested:
Canned Food/Non-Perishable Items
Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, etc)
Pet Food (Canned and Bagged)
Supplies will be collected from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Fans that wish to contribute monetarily can do so through the American Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 or go to redcross.org.
"DFW really needs our help right now and I know the great people of Lubbock will rally and help us collect a ton of supplies that will be put to good use," said Tuberville. "We even have a second equipment truck that is used by the Goin' Band on standby if we can collect enough supplies. It would be really great to take two truckloads down to Dallas on Saturday and help show those folks what Texas Tech University and West Texas are all about."
The equipment truck and team bus will depart for Lancaster on Saturday morning at 6 a.m. and will return to Lubbock late Saturday evening.
ELVIS J Moya