Big Brother show contestant donates to SC boys home

GEORGETOWN, SC (WBTW) – James Huling, who was a contestant on season 17 of the CBS show Big Brother, joined News13 NOW at 9 a.m. on Thursday. He talked about his summer spent in the Big Brother house and his thoughts on some of the contestants. Watch the video for the full interview.

Huling now lives in Texas, but he was in South Carolina to visit and give a donation to Tara Hall Home for Boys in Georgetown County.

Huling spent several of his teenage years at Tara Hall. He presented the director with a check for $1,250. The money he raised came from the sale of T-shirt his friends and family sold during the show. The camo-patterned shirts have the word “#HillbillyAsian” printed on the front. “Hillbilly Asian” is a nickname for Huling.

“Tara Hall has made a great impact on me,” Huling said. “I learned the fundamental skills here. This is where I got my roots from – being southern. Everybody’s like, ‘You’re a hillbilly Asian. Where’d you learn to fish? Where’d you learn to hunt. Where’d you get your Southern accent?’ I got it from right here.”

The money Huling donated will help Tara Hall pay for repairs to its riverfront area, including docks and gazebos. Flooding earlier in October caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the riverfront area. Flood water also came within a few inches of some buildings, but did not get inside. To donate directly to the flood-repair fund, there is a GoFundMe page at:

Other details about the school, including how to make any donations can be found at

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