The ways colleges are helping with Harvey relief will inspire you
Amid the massive destruction wreaked in Texas by Hurricane Harvey, relief efforts are in full force to aid the tens of thousands of people in need of shelter and basic essentials.
Colleges are responding to the cry with all sorts of relief efforts. Here's a snapshot.
Texas A&M students launched an effort and social media campaign they call #BTHOHarvey for hurricane relief, coordinating money and supplies donations, volunteer opportunities, a blood drive -- and even holding a rally.
The university is also holding support groups for affected students.
The University of Houston's student-led orientation team created a Google questionnaire to discover specific local needs that need addressing.
And the University of Houston men's basketball coach put out a call for clothing and shoes that was echoed by the baseball team.
And several college sports teams are responding.
Like Elon University:
and Sheridan College.
Sun Belt student athletes even set up a GoFundMe.
Speaking of fundraising, Maryville College is selling a special "Scots for Houston" T-shirt, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Red Cross's Harvey efforts.
A student at University of Oklahomais selling a shirt, too.
The Kappa Sigma fraternity chapter at the University of Mississippi, AKA Ole Miss, is raising money on Twitter -- a lot of money, it seems.
Other Greek orgs are helping, too, like Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Zeta sorority at Texas State, which are teaming up to collect canned foods and toiletries for a local food bank.
And a Stanford University student from Houston named Hugo Gonzalez created a GoFundMe on behalf of his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta.
Many other schools are soliciting donations and collecting supplies too, like Southern University at Shreveport and Penn State.
Meanwhile, Liberty University is deploying its Send Now disaster response team, which responds to humanitarian disasters.
And some individual students are getting attention for going out of their way to help with relief, like Austin Seth, a senior at Texas A&M-Galveston, who has been rescuing stranded families and seeking supplies.
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This story originally appeared on the USA TODAY College blog, a news source produced for college students by student journalists. The blog closed in September of 2017.