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Published 9/22/2005

Owens Students Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims with 'Hurricane Hustle' Supply Drive, Sept. 23 - Oct. 1

Haunted by images of destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Owens Community College Student Government has taken the initiative to help disaster victims in need by organizing the "Hurricane Hustle" Supply Drive. The student organization is accepting community donations from Friday, September 23 until Saturday, October 1 on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

Items being collected include bottled water, canned goods, manual can openers, diapers, hand wipes, bug repellant, cleaning supplies, flashlights with batteries, toiletries, toilet paper, large plastic bags, tarps, rope, plastic plates and silverware, dog food and cat food. Individuals are also encouraged to make monetary donations to the American Red Cross.

"While the Student Government's focus is usually on campus issues, we felt this would be a good opportunity to reach out on a national scale and help many of the unfortunate victims of this hurricane," said Brooke Affholder, Owens president of Student Government. "The response from Owens employees and students has been great, both in terms of donations and volunteering. It has proven to be a positive outlet for student involvement and leadership in response to a crisis."

Affholder added, "Everything we receive will directly benefit Americans who were left homeless and desperately in need of these supplies."

Owens has set up a variety of collection points around the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Area residents can drop off their charitable donations on the Toledo-area Campus at the Math/Science Center, Student Health and Activities Center, the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, College Hall, Health Technologies Hall, Fire Science/Law Enforcement Center and the Center for Development and Training. Items can also be dropped off at the donation POD located in parking lot N near Owens' Audio/Visual Classroom Center from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. On the Findlay-area Campus, the collection point is within the College's Commons area.

At the conclusion of the Supply Drive, all items will be donated to the American Red Cross and collected by the national ISOH/Impact organization to be shipped to shelters for the hurricane survivors.

For more information, call (567) 661-7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7583. To make a monetary donation, write to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund: Hurricane Relief, 3100 W. Central Ave., Toledo, OH 43606.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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