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Georgia Southern collecting donations for Harvey victims

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

People all across our area have pitched in to help the hurricane victims, including the Georgia Southern Eagles.

The financial cost of Harvey on the rise - right now up to $180 million - potentially costing more than Katrina and Sandy combined. 200,000 homes damaged, 500,000 people registering for FEMA assistance.

It's as easy as bringing relief supplies to the football game this Saturday. Organizers of this drive hope Eagle Nation can bring enough to fill up the team semi and carry help where it's needed most.

The Athletics Department announced their goal to fill the truck with donated supplies between now and October 4 and drive the supplies to the Houston area the next day.

Organizers say the school has plenty of students from that area including student-athletes on a number of teams.This is a way to help the region and give local fans a conduit to help directly in relief efforts.

They'll have several places and times that you can give.

"We'll collect at the two football games during that time, the New Hampshire game and the Arkansas State game on a Wednesday night," said Larry Mays, Associate Athletics Director. "But we're collecting each day at the Bishop Alumni Center on Akins Blvd or you can go by the Cowart ticket office and drop things off."

The rains may have stopped, but the flood waters remain in some places and the damage will be there a while. Rob Malone and Dickson Wharton both hail from the Houston area. This is how close the waters came to flooding Rob's family.

"Parents are calling me a lot," said Rob Malone, GSU Baseball. "Makes it hard to focus. I've been flooded out before so I know what it's like to be going through all that."

"It's kinda eerie to see some of the stuff that's underwater and you think about playing a ball game there before or hanging out there," said Dickson Wharton, GSU Baseball.

They aren't the only Eagles from there. Georgia Southern's Athletic Department decided to collect relief supplies at Eagle games - football and soccer - over the next four weeks.

"It's probably a good thing because there's always a first wave of help that comes in and so we might actually get there with help after some of the first wave of responders has dispersed," said Mays.

You can also drop off donations at the Bishop Alumni Office and Cowart Ticket Office weekdays during business hours. Both say it shows the heart of Eagle Nation.

"I just thought it's great because it gives us a chance to show unity as a nation and unity in a time where people are dealing with a lot," said Wharton.

Rob and Dickson say they are glad to see people here lending a hand.

They've posted a list of the items they're looking for. You can find that list here.

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