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SFA's Driving Jacks still providing people safe rides home despite fire losses

The volunteer organization’s office received extensive water damage following a fire. Fundraising to replace lost items is crucial.  (Source: KTRE Staff) The volunteer organization’s office received extensive water damage following a fire. Fundraising to replace lost items is crucial. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Amy Shields was a SFA student killed by a drunk driver in 2004. Friends began the Driving Jacks program months later. Years later SFA students carry on. (Source: KTRE Staff) Amy Shields was a SFA student killed by a drunk driver in 2004. Friends began the Driving Jacks program months later. Years later SFA students carry on. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The volunteer organization’s office received extensive water damage following a fire. Fundraising to replace lost items is crucial. (Source: KTRE Staff) The volunteer organization’s office received extensive water damage following a fire. Fundraising to replace lost items is crucial. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The Stephen F. Austin State University organization Driving Jacks is holding true to its mission of keeping drunk drivers off the road.

Even office damage from last month's university center fire didn't slow members down too much.

Driving Jacks is waiting to get back into their permanent office. Last month it received water damage following a fire on another floor.

"Our office was destroyed,” said Katy Canchola, the president of Driving Jacks. “There were computers, papers, everything. Basically everything was destroyed."

It was a costly loss, but on the very next day, volunteers were giving people who asked for it safe rides home.

"We probably average about 115 rides per weekend,” Canchola said.

A student is crocheting an afghan to replace one volunteers used while waiting for calls in the wee hours of the morning. Also needed are office supplies to promotional T-shirts. Donations are crucial as the semester is rapidly ending.

"So it's very important that I reach out to fraternities, sororities, and the Nacogdoches community to really get help,” said Ann D’Eugenio, Driving Jacks’ director of fundraising.

The motivation comes from a woman members never met. They were children when SFA student Amy Shields was killed by a drunk driver in 2004. Months afterwards, her friends created Driving Jacks. Years later, members with similar losses carry on.

"I just participate in Driving Jacks because I actually had a friend pass away from drunk driving, so I feel if I can help one person, one family, one friend than that's what I'm going to do,” D’Eugenio said.

Driving Jacks will have its last on-campus fundraiser next week, but donations can be made anytime by going to their Website or the Driving Jacks Facebook page.

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