Community groups gather school supplies each year for the back-to-school season. But unlike most school drives, an extra effort underway to help those affected by the Great June Floods of 2018.
We meet a group of gamers and their partners who are trying to make a difference for those that need it the most.
Approximately 4 weeks ago a woman support group known as the South Texas Black Widows reached out to business to set up collection boxes. Since then sites in Edinburg, McAllen, and Alamo are accepting donations.
One of those sites is the Critical Hit Arcade in Alamo. David Arjona says, “We put a tournament for one of the drives… The entry fee for the tournament was bring school supplies. After that… it actually brought quite a bit. It was really surprising. Since then, people have brought lots of stuff and it’s been really really cool.”
They gather for video game tournaments on a weekly basis. The supplies they gather are then taken to nearby “back-to-school-drive” or given directly to families.
Myra Kenney with the South Texas Black Widows says, “if we can help alleviate the stress from those families that are trying to send their children to get a better education… that’s what we’re here for.”
On June 20th heavy rains flooded many parts of the Rio Grande Valley. The Federal Government declared the region a disaster area. The Critical Hit Arcade was one of the lucky ones with minimal damage.
“We did a promote a promo to help the everybody out, where we had the community come out. They absolutely came. They brought school supplies.” says Julio Hernandez with the Critical Hit Arcade.
The following groups are collecting supplies for children affected by rains.