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Tech football heading to DFW to aid in tornado relief effort

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TTU Football Coach Tommy Tuberville TTU Football Coach Tommy Tuberville
Eugene Neboh Eugene Neboh
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The relief efforts are underway in the tornado-ravaged Dallas/Fort Worth area. After seeing the destruction, the Texas Tech football team stepped up to help.

They collected nearly one and a half semi truck loads full of donations Friday. Coach Tommy Tuberville and the team will deliver them to Lancaster High School around noon on Saturday.

Tuberville says about 30 percent of the team is from Dallas. They also have new recruits from Lancaster, one of the hardest hit areas.

He couldn't believe the outpouring of donations.  

"Makes you feel good that people care about other people. That's why we are on this earth," Tuberville said.

They received hundreds of bottles of water, dozens of blankets and piles of pet food.

"If I was in the same position, I think I would need help. I'm sure they are going to need a lot of it," said Ann Jones.

Jones traveled all the way from Spring Lake Earth to drops off supplies. She says it's a short distance to help those suffering.

"There are some paper plates, just odds and ends," she said.

But this disaster really hit home for Coach Tuberville. He says he knows what it's like to see homes leveled - to see people sifting through what remains of their possessions.

"In 1991, I was coaching at University of Miami. We were actually in two a days when Hurricane Andrew came through," he said.

Tuberville realized at that moment how important simple things like water, toiletries and blankets were.

"The next morning we get up and there are 50,000 homes destroyed and not a tree standing. It was devastating," Tuberville said.

In that disaster and this one, the recovery is long. The football team hopes they can use this trip to ease some of the pain.

If you would like to make a monetary contribution through the American Red Cross, text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 or go to redcross.org.

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