Our names are Mary Jo Rufo, Taylor Moon, and Trevor Greene and we are all business management majors at Coastal Carolina University. We’re currently taking a class focusing on entrepreneurial leadership and the impact it can have on the larger world. Recently our class was separated into teams and given $8 of startup capital. We were tasked with using this small budget, and any other resources we could bring together (that did not cost us additional money), to make the largest impact we possibly could, in just 10 days.
We naturally gravitated toward the philanthropic sector and immediately started brainstorming ways we could ensure the impact we made would make a difference in the lives of others. Having been affected numerous times over the past few years by natural disasters, we were drawn to those in Texas and the surrounding areas recently hit by Hurricane Harvey.
The Coastal Carolina Community knows first-hand how disaster can unite and bring people together for good. It’s in our DNA. We strap up our boots and get to work, helping however we can. Recognizing this, and our obligation to pay it forward, made the decision to focus our efforts on hurricane disaster relief easy.
And with that the Teal for Texas initiative was born.
Our goal for the next 10 days is to raise $10,000 for those affected by Harvey. To do this we’re partnering up with the American Red Cross, where an average of $0.91 of every dollar spent is invested in humanitarian services and programs. We’ve set up a campaign page at tealfortexas.com where you can make a donation on behalf of CCU and the Grand Strand community. It wasn’t long ago that many of us were in the same desolate situation. Help us show the people of the Gulf Coast that recovery, although sometimes long and hard, is possible with a helping hand from friends, and an $8 investment.