Posted November 8, 2012

Spared the worst, Temple groups rally to support hurricane victims

Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast last week, and its devastating effects are still being felt in hard-hit areas of New Jersey, New York and elsewhere.

While Philadelphia and Temple were spared the worst impacts of the storm, several university groups are eager to lend a hand in supporting those who are just beginning the slow recovery process. 

On Nov. 8, students in the Entrepreneurial Marketing class set up a table in the lobby of Alter Hall to collect clothes, food, toys and monetary donations for those in need. The students will work with United by Blue, a clothing company that removes a pound of trash on beaches for every item sold and is now conducting Sandy cleanup efforts along the New Jersey shore.

“This is what people really need right now,” said Yeoun Joo Lee, one of the students in the Entrepreneurial Marketing class.

Lee believes that because Temple and the City of Philadelphia had minimal damage from the storm, everyone here should be willing to help out.

“If we were in New Jersey, that could have been us,” she said.

The students will collect food and clothing in the lobby of Alter Hall again on Nov. 14 and will continue to collect monetary donations through their 10-10-10 foundation website through Nov. 16.

Students can also donate through the Student Activities' Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive. The drive is organized through the online food collection website YouGiveGoods, which allows individuals to select and purchase food to be delivered to the Salvation Army’s New Jersey Division. 

To encourage friendly competition, the website will feature a leaderboard to track each team’s progress. The student organization that raises the most food will be awarded a prize at the end of the competition. The food drive will run through Dec. 5.

Individual student organizations, such as Living Only to Glorify Our Savior (L.O.G.O.S.), will also host their own drives. L.O.G.O.S. is collecting canned goods, water and clothing that they will deliver weekly to shelters in Brooklyn, N.Y., and East Brunswick, N.J. To make a donation, students can email Mina Z. Youssef, at mina.youssef@temple.edu.

Students going to this Saturday’s football game can drop off gently used clothing, including gently used winter jackets, as well as blankets, diapers and toiletries at the drop off boxes outside the North East Gate, the Comcast Gate and the Box Office. Temple Athletics will donate these items to the American Red Cross.

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