Driving home the weekend after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Aaron Williams, BS’08, felt compelled to help. He’d seen the images from Houston, heard the stories, and says he immediately wondered what he could do.
“I got this idea – Hey, maybe I can get a semi-truck and ask people around the city to donate items,” explained Williams, who currently serves as the head of field marketing and analyst relations at Topcoder, a division of Appirio.
Williams got on the phone with the Red Cross and got started. Little did he know, much of the city would get on board, in an effort called “Hoosiers Helping Houston.”
The United Media Network of Indianapolis, which represents all media outlets in central Indiana, and many other central Indiana companies and organizations helped with donations and getting out the word.
Instead of one semi-truck, they worked to fill multiple, with 40 remote locations accepting donations over a several day period in early September 2017.