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Texas Tech gets charitable in tornado aid

4/9/2012

Saturday morning came early for 30 Texas tech players and coaches who hopped on a bus and drove 300 miles to Lancaster, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to aid victims of last week's tornadoes.

The university set up a trailer on Friday to collect supplies, and on Saturday, delivered 35 tons, or 1.5 tractor-trailer loads of things like bottled water, toothpaste, dog food, camping gear and even tortilla chips, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

From the paper:

"That’s something I expected because it's such a classy place and they work to help in any way they can," (quarterback Seth Doege) said.

It was the homes with roofs ripped off, walls leveled to the ground and nearly unrecognizable house debris scattered across block after block that left him stunned.

"Once I saw the place and saw how much destruction there was, I really felt for the people,” he said. “The houses were completely destroyed."

Three hundred houses and up to 2,000 buildings were damaged in the storms on Tuesday, when reports indicated as many as 15 tornados touched down in the Dallas area.

See more on the team's efforts here. Here's a photo gallery from the trip, too.

It's impressive to see a group of college athletes give up a Saturday for charitable work that no one required them to do. Coaches approached players and asked if any would want to help, and the Red Raiders showed up.

Well done, guys.

Lancaster mayor Marcus Knight met the team in the afternoon, and perhaps said it best:

"I just can’t say enough to you all for caring enough about our community to make the trek across the state," he said. "I want you to know this really does count. This really will make a difference."