Philadelphia University students to send toiletries, warm clothes and handmade blankets to Hurricane Sandy victims

While the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy continue to play out throughout the region, many local groups are pooling their resources and organizing ways to send relief to those in need.

Philadelphia University in East Falls is one of those groups. The school will host the “Rams to the Rescue” food and clothing drive on Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Thursday, Nov. 15, on campus. The school’s students and staff, as well as the surrounding community members, are invited to drop off their donations between 7 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. at the information desk in the Kanbar Campus Center off of School House Lane.

The school is looking to send first aid supplies, jackets, gloves, socks, toiletries, Tylenol and Advil, coffee, hot chocolate, and water.

On Nov. 13, donations can also be dropped off after 6 p.m. during the student basketball games at the Gallagher Athletic Center.

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Ally Wright, student Development Associate for Community Service at Phila U., said many students were eager to help in some way.

“We have a number of students who have been affected from the storm and have lost homes as well,” she said. “As part of our efforts, we have been collecting stories and pictures from students.”

Students will also be sewing pillows and blankets for victims of the storm on Nov. 15 in the Kanbar performance space.

All donations will be sent to an area in New Jersey impacted by the storm.  

“We will be continuing our efforts into the spring semester as well. We are looking to host events close to MLK day that are connected with hurricane relief,” Wright said.

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