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Students Host Donation Drive for Flood Victims

9/26/2011 —

The Student Government Association (SGA) at Penn State Brandywine is hosting a donation drive to help the residents of Bradford County, Pa. and Tioga County, N.Y. in the wake of devastating flash floods and the historic flooding of the Susquehanna River on September 8.

The idea was formed after students grew concerned for residents of these affected towns, especially those in Bradford County, the hometown of Instructor in Communications Karrie Bowen.

“The students here at Brandywine have gone above and beyond to help people in need, and as someone who knows so many people who have lost so much, I am unbelievably moved,” Bowen said. “People have literally lost every possession they have, and there are roads that are impassable and will be that way for months, so travel and the ability to work and purchase basic necessities are all real challenges.”

Junior Alexandra Morson, SGA events coordinator, said, “It has been devastating seeing pictures of what these people have gone through. Most of the aid is being sent to the cities, and the people living in these rural towns have to travel to shelters for help.”

SGA will accept donations of gently used clothing, household items and other basic necessities, such as bleach, over-the-counter medicines, toiletries, cleaning supplies, non-perishable foods, first aid kits, diapers and baby formula. All donated baby supplies, toiletries and cleaning supplies must be new and unused.

The drive will end on Friday, Oct. 14. Drop-off bins are located in the Main Building outside the Admissions office, in the main stairwell of the Vairo Library, Commons/Athletic Center second floor and the Tomezsko Classroom Building lounge.

For more information, contact Aimee Ralph, SGA public relations coordinator, at atr5022@psu.edu 610-892-1240.

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