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Students help West survivors

Updated: Monday, April 22 2013, 05:51 PM CDT
After the tragic fertilizer plant explosion, rebuilding the tiny town of West, Texas is going to be a long process to say the least.

A group of students from the University of Texas and Austin Community College organized a relief drive on Sunday to help the victims of the disaster.

Boxes and bags were filled with supplies, clothes along with several other items for care packages.

ACC student Marcelo Urieta said the group received enough donations to fill up more than 150 donation bags.

"When we heard about the tragedy in West, Texas we wanted to help right away," Urieta said. "We are all about giving back to the community, and when we see somebody needs our help, we are there to help them. This is what we get as volunteers a smile on people's faces is what's worth it for us."

The students that teamed up for the drive are part of "Circle K International" chapters with their schools. The organizations are committed to community service and giving back.

UT student Gio Anais said the support from Central Texas has been mind-boggling.

"Our term is 'live to serve, love to serve' so just seeing the smiles in those families is going to brighten their day," Anais said. "It was so good. It wasn't only college students, it was Austin and the community helping out it just brought a smile"

Whether donations come in the form of cash, clothes or shampoo, the students hope the survivors feel the support from Austin and around the country.

By Cassie Gallo
Students help West survivors


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