Brazos Valley residents are stepping up in a big way to help with tsunami relief efforts. Money has been pouring in from several schools, businesses and organizations. The local Red Cross took the opportunity Thursday to collect money from area residents at Post Oak Mall.
When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, the Red Cross steps in. The local Red Cross chapter asked Brazos Valley residents to give in order to help rebuild in tsunami ravaged Asia.
"I feel sorry for everybody that has lost in the tsunami and I just wanted to help out as much as I could," said Hearne resident, Joanne Barker.
As volunteers braved the windy weather, there was never any doubt that their collection cans would overflow, and sure enough residents drove up and made it happen.
"Every little bit counts, no matter if you give a dollar, five cents; they need all the help they can get," said Barker.
Relief efforts won't just be a temporary fix. The American Red Cross, nationally, has made a long-term commitment to help with rebuilding communities and lives.
"Also, education; everybody wants to make sure that should something happen again, people are prepared and that they are ready for a disaster of any magnitude," said Mary Jo Prince with the local Red Cross chapter.
As more and more people came to make their donations, the sentiment was clear.
"I think the Brazos Valley is doing a great job of getting everybody together and helping out," said Barker.