The Spirit of Aggieland Gives Back for West

By: Candice Noak Email
By: Candice Noak Email

With all of the tragedy that has overwhelmed the last week in this country, I felt like my post for this week didn’t need to focus as much on the entertainment going on around town. This week, all of my attention was turned to coverage about the Boston Marathon Bombing and the shock of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. It still doesn’t make sense that so much pain could strike seemingly all at once, but it also brought about a beautiful testament of the unity of this country, and gave everyone hope that there will always be more good than evil in this world. I saw so many examples of people reaching out to help others that they had never even met firsthand, and sticking with the local aspect that my topics center around, I wanted to touch on some of the ways to get involved in the benefits for the victims of the tragedy in West.

Thursday morning I woke up to endless Facebook and Twitter posts of footage of the explosion, and topics on the radio centered around getting information about it to the public. The Facebook post by Aggieland Outfitters jumped out at me with a list of items being gathered for the people of West, like clothes, toiletries and bottled water. But by the time I got to the mall Thursday afternoon to donate, I was told that there had already been so many clothes donated that no more was being taken because they didn’t know what to do with all the clothes already sent, but that the other items were, and still are, being accepted. I feel like that is probably the best problem there could ever be in a situation like this, and reflects the good of people.

I still wanted to help, and got the chance when I got to work that afternoon. I work at The Bank & Trust, a local bank that is very involved with many aspects of the community, and Brazos Valley Media has set up a donation account for relief funds for the explosion victims. I’ve seen the generosity of so many people from the community through countless donations. It is something that I feel like really puts life into perspective, makes you realize what really matters in the big picture, and really shows that every little bit helps. Donations are still being taken at each of the four locations around the BCS area through the benefit account if you would like a quick and simple way to help out. To find any of the locations, visit

As a college student, sometimes it is easy to get lost in the fast-paced, stress-filled days of our lives; especially right now with the semester wrapping up and finals looming ahead. But there are still simple ways we can help out when tragedy strikes – I’ve seen the giving spirit of Aggieland all week, and also know that it is a reflection of the rest of the country and everything people from all over are doing to help out.

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