The recent flooding in the town of Bloomsburg, PA has left many people with a big mess to clean up, and without electric and running water, the problem is not getting any better. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has cancelled classes until Monday, Sept. 19 due to a continued water shortage and many students went home. However, the residents of Bloomsburg did not have that luxury.
There are many volunteer opportunities at hand to help the town get back on it’s feet. Food donations, cleaning supplies, clothing donations, and clean-up help is needed. Any donation helps and is very much appreciated.
There are many events on Facebook like Helping Bloomsburg- Red Cross Donations Drive, Bloomsburg Flooding-Help, and Bloomsburg Flood 2011- Neighbors Helping Neighbors where anyone who wishes to lend a helping hand can receive details about where they can go and what see what needs to be done.
The Red Cross is taking donations on East 7th St. and is in need of:
-Flood Buckets: 5 gallon buckets with resealable lids
– scouring pads
– scrub brush
– cleaning towels (and reusable wipes)
– household cleaner
– disinfectant dish soap
– clothes pins
– clothing lines
– dusk masks
– latex gloves
– work gloves
– heavy duty trash bags (33 – 45 gallon)
– insect repellant spray
– air fresheners
Stormi Steele Tattoos, located on 364 East St. is also acting as a drop off location for materials to deliver to the Red Cross
Volunteers can report to the Bloomsburg Fire Department to help in water pumping efforts during the week of Sept. 12 from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. The Firehouse is located at 9th and Market. Enter the main doors to check-in at the watch desk. Please make sure that appropriate footwear is worn.
For those who are in the area or are coming back earlier to help volunteer, contact Amy Cunningham in the Residence Life office at (570) 594-7953 for up-to-date details on volunteering. Even after BU is back in session many volunteer opportunities will be still present.
Keep checking on BUnow for latest updates. BUnow is in the process of setting up a donation drive for students to drop off donations when they return back to the BU.