University of Denver Helping Victims of Harvey

Sept. 6, 2017

DENVER - The devastation revealed in the aftermath of the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years is staggering. Hurricane Harvey is estimated to have displaced more than one million people, damaged upwards of 200,000 homes and left a path of destruction stretching 300 miles. 

In response to the tragedy, the University of Denver is partnering with Buehler Companies to host a donation drive. The goal is to fill a moving truck with non-perishable food items, water and clothing that will be delivered to victims in Houston. 

"As thousands in our country struggle to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the DU community wants to help," says DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. "Through cash donations to reputable charities and physical donations of non-perishable items and bottled water, we can help make a difference." 

This Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. items will be collected on the south side of the Ritchie Center -- outside the Shwayder Art Building -- along East Asbury. Once the truck is filled, the items will be delivered through cooperation of the Aurora Police Department and Houston's Mayor, Sylvester Turner. 

"When Buehler Companies saw the devastation around Houston, we wanted to do the right thing and assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey," said Stuart Smith, CEO of Buehler Mayflower. "The number of people who immediately came forward wanting to donate their time, money, and belongings has been astounding, and we quickly realized that the most effective way we can help is by dedicating our company trucks to transport these necessities to the Houston area." 



The University of Denver is already working to provide necessary assistance to current students who are from the impacted area. This new partnership between Denver Athletics and Buehler Companies is making the Hurricane Harvey donation drive possible. 

"The University of Denver is very excited to partner with Buehler Companies for this donation drive to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey," DU Athletic Director Ron Grahame said. "Sharing our time and resources to this drive for those impacted by such a devastating natural disaster can help bring communities together, not just in Houston, but here in Denver as well. We hope that everyone involved with the University of Denver, DU supporters and the Denver community can stand as one to help our fellow citizens in the Houston area." 

In addition to donating items, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was created by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as a way to make cash donations to help victims. The fund is administered by the public charity Greater Houston Community Foundation. If you would like to make an online donation, please click here.


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