Aggies "BUILD" new house and new tradition

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 5:25pm

A&M is known for its long standing traditions and as Lauren Holman explains students are building a new one on campus that gives back to the community.

Brick by brick, shingle by shingle; this semester more than 400 Aggies came together to not only build a new house for Habitat for Humanity but also build a new tradition.

"I really am looking forward to seeing what BUILD is, maybe ten years down the road coming back and I think it's great we are able to unite the Aggie family," said BUILD CEO, Drew Allen. 

Andrew Abbott, also CEO of BUILD, says the new tradition builds off an old one, bonfire; uniting students from all across campus as they work toward a common goal.

"It brought people from all different corners of campus together and so BUILD was named BUILD because it kind of eluded to the fact of building the bonfire stack and Aggies build things," Abbott said.

And Monday they met that goal when BUILD officially dedicated the house they built at 801 Denise Drive in Bryan and gave the keys to the Vasquez family.

Allen said, "Being able to hand the keys over is hands down the coolest thing."

With the help of a translator, Marisa Vasquez had this to say, "I just feel such joy to know that they selflessly helped me without even knowing me and that they gave me all their support and time. I hope that they continue helping other families like they helped me."

And with the holidays right around the corner the gift of a brand new house couldn't have come at a better time.

We're told BUILD is already preparing for next year's project, carrying on the legacy of those 12 Aggies who died in the bonfire collapse while selflessly giving back to the community.


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