Campustown bars to hold drive for Harvey victims


Jill O'Brien

Four Campustown bars will be collecting supplies and donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey this weekend, as part of their “Fill the Hauler for Houston” drive.

Running through Saturday, Paddy’s Irish Pub, Outlaws, Sips and Cy’s Roost will be collecting supplies including clothing, shoes, nonperishable food items and cleaning products to be taken to the San Antonio Food Bank. 

J.R. Siems, a DJ at Sips and native of Del Rio, Texas, mentioned the numerous students he knew who were from Texas and had family affected by Harvey. 

“If anybody wanted to donate, there was no platform,” Siems said. 

With a truck parked outside Cy’s Roost and banners adorning both Sips and Paddy’s Irish Pub, Iowa State students will be able to see where to drop off any donations they have from noon to about 9 p.m. Siems also said that each of the four bars will also have cash boxes for cash donations. Cash donations will be given to the Texas Red Cross relief fund. 

“I have family in San Antonio and a lot of friends in the Houston area,” Siems said. “Being up here, I just felt compelled to put something together.” 

Siems also cited the bars’ large presence in Campustown as a strength in getting students to donate to the cause. 

“A group of guys pulled up and said they already had donations,” Siems said. “They had a whole bunch of water, baby food, canned goods. It was awesome.” 

If students are free to drop off donations during the day, they may do so. If the truck fills up tomorrow, Siems plans to drive down to Texas on Saturday and drop off donations at the San Antonio Food Bank. If not, he will depart on Sunday.

Siems plans to state that the donations are from “the Iowa State students, people of Ames and surrounding areas.”