UNT organizations gather supplies, condolences for West residents

UNT organizations gather supplies, condolences for West residents

April 18
19:47 2013

Joshua Knopp / Staff Writer

After a Richter-scale blast devastated the community in West, Texas on Wednesday, multiple UNT student organizations are helping the town and its survivors.

The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Sigma Phi Lambda sorority and the Division of Student Affairs have all pitched in supplies, money and words of encouragement for West residents. According to USA Today, the blast left 35 dead – including 10 first responders – and injured more than 150 people.

Phi Gamma Delta is collecting supplies for donation at its house on 821 Welch St., and at the Greek Life Office in the Student Union. Operation supply chain management senior and Phi Gamma member Danny Avila said the fraternity is seeking diapers, wipes, clothing of all sizes, bedding and pet food. The supplies will be shipped down to West this afternoon.

Fraternity secretary and business sophomore William Stewart said putting the drive together was a matter of helping where they could.

“All the time you see things on the news, and you figure there’s nothing you can do,” he said. “But something pretty much down the road happens, and you figure there’s something you can do.”

Sigma Phi Lambda secretary and political science senior Chelsea Burkett said that the sorority is sending cash to West.

“A lot of us wanted to get together and donate,” Burkett said.

The sorority will have a table for donations on the first floor of the Union today from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The money will then go to the Avenue Church in Waxahachie, which will distribute it to West churches where refugees are staying.

The Division of Student Affairs is gathering words of condolence. General studies senior Matthew Bonney, who works as a student assistant the student affairs office, came up with the idea of collecting condolences and putting them on a giant card to send to survivors.

“I saw the condolences pouring out on my Facebook timeline when news of the event broke, and I just wanted to channel that into their community,” he said. “I just wanted to use my skills to focus attention on this particular event and give the community of West just a small glimpse of the amount of support there is out there.”

Students can send messages to West refugees at studentaffairs.unt.edu/west. 

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