Thirteen-thousand canned and dry goods, 100 cases of toiletries, 200 cases of water, and four 16-foot trailers full of clothing filled Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium March 31 in the largest humanitarian event ever held in Erath County. In addition to the donated goods, the Chancellor’s Century Council donated $1,000 and another $700 in cash donations was collected.
“It was the most rewarding experience of my college career—to see the joy on the faces of the people picking items up and the workers’ faces who served these forgotten people,” Tarleton student body president Alycia Pruitt said. Tarleton’s Student Government Association worked in conjunction with the university’s athletics department to organize the project. Donations collected at the event went toward opening a small pantry in Morgan Mill, Texas, assisting an after-school program for underprivileged students in Stephenville, and 17 local food pantries and community service organizations.