Napa Valley College staff and campus groups are being asked by the NVC Athletic Department and sports programs to donate athletic apparel to refugees who are arriving in Houston-area shelters with nothing but wet clothes on their backs.
"We have all heard and continue to hear about the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has brought to Houston, various parts of Texas, and Louisiana," said Randi Simmons, the NVC women's soccer coach.
"The effects of this storm and the refugee status in Houston has been a daily conversation among my student-athletes as they continue to ask how we can help. I am sure we are all asking ourselves this same question.
"Well, the University of Houston's Men's Basketball Coach Kelvin Sampson has given us an answer: Donate clothes! Many refugees have been picked up by boat or helicopter and not allowed to bring even a backpack. These people will be looking to rebuild their lives and start over once this storm passes, but for now a dry T-shirt or warm pair of socks would be a light in the darkness."
Simmons is calling on campus groups to donate any extra NVC apparel to be shipped to the University of Houston for safe distribution to appropriate agencies. Now through Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. donations will be accepted in front of the athletics office in the PE Conference Room, located on the first floor of the 600 building.
"The individual sports programs and athletics department is beginning to fill these empty boxes and it is our hope to bring in more boxes to pack up gear based on necessity," Simmons said. "An extra couple of Napa Valley shirts from you would go a long way. If you were in a shelter with only one t-shirt on your back if you would want that article of clothing."
Simmons said this is not a full-fledged clothing drive open to students. Rather, donations of NV/NVC apparel are being sought from staff and campus groups.
The USA Today story below gives details about where the donations will be sent: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/08/houston-kelvin-sampson-harvey