Susquehanna University Students Help With Hurricane Relief
Published on November 15, 2012
Members of Susquehanna University’s Theta Chi fraternity will help to load donated relief supplies for survivors of Hurricane Sandy in a “Stuff the Truck” event Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. at Selinsgrove Commons on Market and Pine streets.
The event is being organized by Selinsgrove Projects Inc. with help from Truck and Trailer Sales, of Selinsgrove. Area residents are asked to donate coats, blankets, hats, gloves, baby supplies, cleaning supplies, drinking water, toiletries and other clothing in clearly labeled boxes. Once full, the truck will deliver its contents to Perth Amboy, N.J., which sustained serious damage from the storm.
The university community has found several additional ways to support relief efforts. Susquehanna’s Office of Civic Engagement coordinated a Red Cross blood drive, and donations of money and supplies are designated for the Red Cross in New Jersey. Student volunteers also are planning to travel to New Jersey to help with clean-up efforts through Susquehanna’s East Coast Hurricane Relief Team (ECHRT). Already, small groups of university volunteers have planned quick weekend trips to the area to pitch in on small projects.
Service is central to Susquehanna University's mission. The university’s Hurricane Relief Team (HRT) comprises about 20 students, faculty and staff who travel to the Gulf Coast every year to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Projects have included house gutting, de-molding and painting, tutoring, baseball field and playground construction, tree removal and brush crew work, mural painting and animal shelter support. The group has been making a difference in affected areas since 2005.
Karen M. Jones