Residence halls participate in donation drive

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    It’s true. Those pennies really do add up.Residence halls across campus participated in a donation drive to raise money for hurricane victims and received approximately $2,050.

    Barbara Hawkins, associate director of Residential Services, said the amount included $921.67 in loose change and other donations in the form of paper money and checks.

    Resident assistants from every hall set up donation cans in each wing so residents could make contributions.

    Michelle Maag, an RA in Sherley Hall, and her wing residents raised the most donations, totaling $164.02.

    “The girls were awesome; I am really proud of all of them,” Maag, a sophomore business major, said. “We are one of the smaller wings in Sherley, with only 24 residents when others have around 40, so that makes it even more amazing.”

    Ashley Alaniz, a freshman education major, said she donated about $7, but every bit counts.

    “If everyone gives a little, it all adds up,” Alaniz, a resident from the winning wing, said.

    Hawkins said Sherley Hall raised the most money collectively of all the residence halls with more than $600.

    “Each winning wing from each residence hall will receive a pizza party for all their hard work,” Hawkins said.

    Annie Cooper, a freshman business major living in Sherley Hall, said she and most of her neighbors would usually put the change they had left over from the day in the donation cans.

    “When we all put our spare pocket change in the can, it really added up,” Cooper said.

    Hawkins said all the donations have been given to University Ministries.

    “University Ministries is handling all the donations for the hurricane victims, and overall, all of TCU’s contributions will go to the American Red Cross.

    “One thing I found interesting about the donation drive was the international student participation we had with the fundraiser. It shows that people all over really do care when people in desperate situations are in need.