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Harvey donations continue with UA Athletics

Posted at 10:14 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 00:02:21-04

Since Sunday, Melody Reyes and her crew have been hard at work, busy on a mission. Their goal is to bring as many supplies as possible to Houston after Arizona Football hosts Houston on Saturday night, in their second game of the season -- to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

"Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels," she said. "Hygiene, it's really important, as well as diapers, adult diapers, baby diapers, baby wipes, and a lot of donations of water."

So far over the course of four days, Reyes explained the Tucson community has helped them fill an entire trailer full of supplies, and they're expecting to fill a second trailer by the time they depart.

"I would have been thrilled with about 15,000 pounds," Reyes said. "Right now we have on the first trailer about 38,000 pounds of supplies, and probably about another 10,000 so far on our second trailer."

Four days into the drive, Reyes is still amazed with the support: people from different backgrounds and of all ages, coming together, to help out people in a city more than a thousand miles away.

"It has been absolutely incredible," she said. "Our Tucson community, they are just so generous and it really warms my heart to know that if anyone is in need, they're there to help."

She and UA Athletics will be collecting donations outside Arizona Stadium on Thursday and Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The donations will go to the Red Cross and World Care.

In addition to collecting donations, the UA Bookstore is selling t-shirts that say "Bear Down for Houston." All profits will go to the Red Cross to assist with hurricane relief efforts.

The shirts are available at the bookstore and online for 10 dollars.