CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – From the South Texas coast up to Houston, Hurricane Harvey caused widespread devastation and forced thousands of people out of their homes. To help those impacted by the storm, students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, including Carlos Carrisales, a nursing major and member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, took quick initiative to organize a donation drive to benefit the local Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. The Good Sam normally sleeps about 200 homeless individuals per night, but during the height of the storm, they accommodated upwards of 270 homeless seeking shelter from the elements.
Carrisales and his Phi Delta Theta brothers set up makeshift donation stations at nearby Aspen Heights and Campus Quarters, allowing for Islander students, faculty and staff driving to and from campus to make donations of items such as food, water and toiletries. In just a few short days, the fraternity collected enough goods to fill six SUVs, plus another $600 in cash, which they used to buy extra supplies.
“As a fraternity, we feel great about creating a platform for students and others to give and be part of the post-Harvey charity movement that’s sweeping the country,” Carrisales said.
Other Islander Greek Life group supported Phi Delta Theta’s efforts. Sigma Phi Epsilon donated a massive amount of goods while the sorority sisters of Zeta and Tri Delta made signs and other marketing materials.
“We were beyond amazed by the turnout,” said Carrisales. “It was touching to see how excited and willing people were to donate. We actually had to close down our donation tables earlier than expected because we didn’t have any more space in our vehicles and storage unit!”
Phi Delta Theta donated all items to the Good Samaritan on Sept. 1. The nonprofit thanked the group for “thinking of the Good Sam and the displaced that they serve in the Coastal Bend.”
Carrisales says he was personally moved by the success of this drive, especially after “seeing those who were facing their own struggles after Harvey give what they could to those in need.”