COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — The Bryan-College Station community knows what it's like to lose several public servants in the line of duty.
First it was Brazos County Constable, Brian Bachmann, back in August and then it was Bryan Fire Lieutenants, Eric Wallace and Greg Pickard, in February.
"This is a community that understands disaster and understands tragedy and the heartbreak that ensues," said John Claybrook.
So when Claybrook and a group of other Texas A&M students heard about the devastating West explosion and all the lives lost in the tragedy, they knew something needed to be done.
"The fact of the matter is that Texas A&M and Bryan-College Station is a community that has the ability to meet a need when they see it and this is simply that," said Claybrook. "We are meeting a need and we're reaching out when a community needs help."
Next Wednesday (May 1st) more than 15 local businesses will be participating in "A Night Out in BCS." It's a community wide-profit share to raise money for West.
Mark Holubec, owner of Sully's, plans to take part in the effort.
"I think it's vital when other Texans are in trouble, having problems or have a need that all of us need to stand up and do our part for them," Holubec said.
It's just a small way to show West the Bryan-College Station community is here to help in any way they can.
If you're a local business owner and want to sign up to participate in Wednesday's profit share, click here.
Claybrook hopes to have around 40 businesses participating and raise more than $25,000.