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Texas Tech Football Heading to Dallas/Fort Worth to Help With Tornado Relief

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Members of the Texas Tech Football Program are heading to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to aid in relief efforts for the Tuesday outbreak of Tornadoes. The team members will be collecting supplies for a Saturday trip to Lancaster where volunteers will help the relief organizations currently in cleanup of the devastated areas.

Among the volunteers will be Red Raider Football players and head coach Tommy Tuberville in the weekend day trip to the area. The Texas Metroplex was hit by an estimated 13 tornadoes and Lancaster was one of the cities impacted most by the storms on Tuesday.

The Dallas/Fort Worth area consists of Texas Tech’s largest alumni base of about 40,000 and nearly 8,000 students also as of 2011 fall enrollment numbers.  Of Texas Tech’s 400 student-athletes, 69 are from the DFW Metroplex, including 24 on the current football roster.

Coach Tuberville said in press release,

Dallas/Fort Worth is basically our second home and we were devastated on Tuesday as we watched the live reports detailing the damage. We felt like this was the right thing to do as football program and a university.  Going down there and volunteering our time and providing aid is the least we can do for a community that has given so much to Texas Tech for so many years.”

Texas Tech is asking that all DFW area alumni and fans dedicate this Saturday to volunteering for local relief organizations and helping in the cleanup.  The team will arrive at Lancaster High School around noon on Saturday to drop off relief supplies that will be collected in Lubbock on Friday and will then report to the Lancaster Public Library (1600 Veterans Parkway) around 1 p.m. to begin cleanup.

The following are items that are being requested:

Water

Blankets

Canned Food/Non-Perishable Items

Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, etc)

Pet Food (Canned and Bagged)

Supplies will be collected from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. The equipment truck and team bus will depart for Lancaster on Saturday morning at 6 a.m. and will return to Lubbock late Saturday evening.

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