More than 80 students and faculty from the University of Central Arkansas hit the road Wednesday to spend their fall break in Houston providing assistance to families who were effected in the recent flooding disaster after Hurricane Harvey.
The group will be in the Houston area from Oct. 18-22 and will work with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to provide support through removing wet debris from homes or "mud-out" work.
"Bear Boots on the Ground was reactivated because UCA students, faculty and staff wanted to serve our neighbors in an impactful way," Dean of Student Conduct Wendy Holbrook said in a news release.
She said that after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, students began emailing her and calling her office wanting to find a way they could help.
The overwhelming response from students, Holbrook said, led to the need for more than one chartered bus, which was the initial plan.
As of Oct. 11, more than 100 students had registered to go to Pasadena, Texas, where they will travel and work in about 50 homes.
According to the news release, UCA also hopes to be able to leave each family with a gift card to purchase items that will assist them in their recovery process.
Donations, which are tax deductible, can be made at uca.edu/go/bearsbootsontheground.
The organization is also planning on taking a group to other hurricane-affected areas during the holiday break in December and spring break in 2018.