Students, staff members coordinate hurricane relief efforts
Posted on September 25, 2017
The campus community collected enough supplies to make and ship more than 200 hygiene kits and many more supplies to Texas to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. The collection drive was sponsored by the Alliance of Professional Support Staff.
Students in the master of public health program, along with students in the Public Health Society, coordinated a collection for hygiene kits for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The items included shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, body wash, lip balm, socks and more.
Raj Kaur, president of the Public Health Society, said the student organization also partnered with Creston Brewery in Grand Rapids, which matched PHS's $200 donation and also donated $1 for every pint sold on September 14. Kaur said the group assembled 167 kits and raised $370.
Samantha Radecki, a graduate student in the public health program who helped coordinate the event, said their efforts will directly help victims in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.
Ranelle Brew, associate professor and chair of public health, said the event helped create community awareness and assistance for a national public health effort. "There's no better time to put our public health education to work than when there is a national public health crisis happening in our country," said Brew.
Brew said the group is working with SEARCH Homeless Services in Houston and donations will continue to be collected through the Public Health office.