Athletes to wash cars in Wayland’s continued effort to help hurricane victims

PLAINVIEW – Athletes at Wayland Baptist University will be getting a different sort of workout Saturday as they scrub up dirty cars to help those in need. Members of Wayland’s athletic teams will be holding a car wash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind Wilder Field on Xenia Street in Plainview, with donations benefiting the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims.

“This idea came up from Coaches Network, an organization run by Seth Greenberg at Virginia Tech. Right now, a lot of coaches are involved with doing different things to raise money. Although we can’t do something on a huge level, we know every little bit helps,” said Pioneer basketball head coach Todd Thurman. “We want to be out there and be a part of this, to collect as much as we can and help those folks out.”

The university began collecting for hurricane relief two weeks ago, with an impromptu offering taken at Wayland’s Wednesday chapel service on Sept. 7, netting around $1,300 from the student audience. Another $350 has come in since then, and another $1,100 was raised at a benefit concert held in Harral Auditorium on Sept. 15, where several of Wayland’s musical groups performed and a special prayer time was held to conclude the program, led by Wayland president Dr. Paul Armes.

Wayland has also been a collection site for items needed by hurricane survivors, namely toiletry items, socks and underwear, diapers and baby food and supplies, back packs and soft luggage. Donations of those items may be brought to the car wash or to the Student Activities office, located on the second floor of the McClung University Center, at any time during the business day. The items will be given to the Salvation Army to help Katrina evacuees in Lubbock and the South Plains.

A fund for monetary donations has also been set up at the university, and money can be taken to Wayland’s business office for that purpose.