Thousands of Aggies spent their Saturday volunteering for "The Big Event." Around 10,000 students grabbed shovels and headed out into the community to work on various service projects.
The massive volunteer effort is organized by the Texas A&M Student Government Association. Organizers say "The Big Event" is the largest one day collegiate community service endeavor, in the nation.
Ag volunteers say they think the time spent trimming trees, clearing gutters and being helpful, improves the relationship between students and local residents.
"They have a lot of problems with that around here with housing ordinances and so when you get a chance to give back to the community it's a good thing to do. I think people appreciate it," said volunteer Clayton Laing.
Students worked to raise the over $70,000 needed to buy tools and supplies.
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