Rio Hondo providing relief for Harvey victims

HARLINGEN — The student athletes and cheerleaders didn’t just deliver the water and supplies.

They worked together by creating an assembly line around a large bulk of supplies near the 18-foot trailer and passed water packages one-by-one to pack the donations themselves.

That was the scene as Rio Hondo football players and cheerleaders worked together to make sure packaged water and supplies were loaded into a trailer Friday to head miles north for Hurricane Harvey victims.

“We are very proud of our community of Rio Hondo,” said Rocky James, Rio Hondo Athletic Director. “Our football players and cheerleaders really came out to support the victims of Harvey.”

The students arrived in two school buses to the KGBT news channel 4’s donation site dedicated for the American Red Cross. They were carrying more than 250 cases of water bottles.

In just five days, the Rio Hondo cheerleaders and football players were able to collect the water and supplies to send to the people in need.

“I am very proud of our students, our community and our school board and administration,” said Israel Garcia, Rio Hondo ISD superintendent. “Rio Hondo is an awesome school district.”

Garcia said this was the student’s and the district’s way of doing their part to help the victims of the hurricane.

He called the city of Rio Hondo a very close community that tries to help out whenever they can.

The American Red Cross will decide where the truck full of supplies will be delivered.

But the district has not stopped its effort to provide relief to those in need.

The district has also partnered with Aransas Pass and Victoria school districts to collect school supplies and school appropriate clothing to send to students.

Garcia said that community effort to gather school supplies will be delivered on Sept. 8.

Any donations can be dropped off at the Rio Hondo ISD central office by Thursday.

“It’s been a whole group effort,” Garcia said. “We want to help make a difference.”