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Owens Students Assist Relief Efforts by Organizing Supply Drive to New York City

Your Success Starts Here Owens Community College students have taken the initiative, with the support of the Student Activities Office, in organizing a Supply Drive to support the continued disaster relief efforts in New York City.

Carrie McMullen of Perrysburg and Sean Gregory of Toledo, both Arts and Science majors, have coordinated, with assistance from the New York City Emergency Management Office, a Supply Drive asking for Owens students, faculty and staff and residents in the Toledo-area community to donate supplies to aid emergency workers.

Beginning on Monday, the Supply Drive will continue through Wednesday, September 19 UNTIL 8 P.M. The Supply Drive is located at Lot N in front of the Student Health & Activities Center on the Owens Toledo-area Campus.

The two students will then depart for New York City with the donated supplies in a 24-foot truck donated by Penske on Thursday, September 20 at 6 a.m. from the Owens Student Health and Activities Center parking lot. The donated items will arrive at Pier 94 in Manhattan late Thursday or early Friday morning. Pier 94 is one of two official locations for receipt of bulk donations. The 900 mile drive is expected to take 12 to 14 hours.

Donation items requested by the New York City Emergency Management Office include work boots, dust masks, work gloves, hard hats, respirators (refillable oxygen cans), disposable ear plugs, towels, rain ponchos, flash lights and batteries, Neosporin medicine, safety goggles, shoe insoles and foot powder, antibacterial soap, vapor drops and cough drops.

"We are asking all of the students on campus and Toledo-area residents to donate one item, and hopefully we can fill up the truck to capacity," said McMullen, a 1993 Perrysburg High School graduate. "Many Owens students have voiced a concern about how they could help in the relief efforts. This is the best way."

Toledo-area businesses who have already donated items include Libbey-Owens-Ford Co., Toledo Edison, Sunoco, Mosser Construction, Inc., Superior Wire and Metal Specialties, Inc. and White Rock Quarry, among others.

"One hundred percent of the credit for organizing this Supply Drive goes to these two students," said Dermot Forde, Owens Student Activities Coordinator. "Carrie and Sean are the type of students who will motivate others to be active and involved in the campus and the community. They are wonderful examples of leadership. I know they'll continue to promote volunteerism among our students."

"These donations will help the thousands of volunteers who are donating their time and efforts in the rescue," Forde said.

For more information, call (567) 661-7973 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7973.

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