*This article was written by Rachel Yenney.
Building off the success of its #Huskies4Houston campaign, Bloomsburg University’s Community Government Association is launching an expanded campaign to help support those affected by the unprecedented level of natural disasters and tragedies across the world this fall.
Since the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston, other recovery efforts relating to Hurricane Maria have begun in Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as the wildfires in California. As a result, CGA is upping its support with #HuskiesHelpingOthers to collect more cleaning supplies, clothing, blankets, etc. to aid those recovery efforts and others heading into the holiday season.
Donation boxes will be placed across campus, in each residence hall, academic, and administration building. CGA president, Joar Dahn, made an initial goal of raising $10,000 for the relief efforts with 25 percent already collected. All proceeds will go directly to verified relief efforts, according to Dahn.
In early September, the #Huskies4Houston campaign run by CGA raised more than $1,100 in just two days for the Houston Food Bank with the help of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC). The campaign continued into October, where the athletics department collected 21 boxes of various clothing for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the costliest Atlantic hurricane in history causing more than $198 billion in damage.
Hurricane Maria cost the small island of Puerto Rico almost $90 billion, and it could take the island another two to three months to fully restore power leaving them with a crippled economy and infrastructure. The wildfires in California have led to more than 20 deaths, hundreds of missing people, and many people left with no homes and no belongings. The shooting in Las Vegas resulted in a death toll of 59 people and hundreds injured.
Bloomsburg University has identified a great need and is making efforts to support that need in every way possible.
“Let’s bring Bloomsburg University together to rally in support for these people who have suffered great loss from these horrible natural disasters and tragedies,” Dahn said. “Let’s help get them back on their feet!”
To donate, go to http://TakeActionBU.org/huskieshelpingothers.