Friday, April 29, 2011

UAB students donate, volunteer to help tornado victims

UAB students are literally taking the clothes from their closets to help victims of Alabama's devastating April 27 storms. On Thursday, volunteers from eight UAB sorority and fraternity chapters in the National Pan-Hellenic Council collected items at Hill University Center. Students brought bottled water, new shoes, clean clothing, toiletries, food, comforters, household and medical supplies and more, to be delivered to Alabamians in dire need.

Brittany Williams, a senior, and graduate student Oladunni Oluwoyi, both members of Sigma Gamma Rho, manned the drop-off station, sorting items and packing boxes for delivery.

“The National Pan-Hellenic Council basically organized this within literally an hour,” Oluwoyi said. “They set up a table and had everybody come and volunteer and donate, either canned goods, clothing or any monetary items.” The NPHC also donated $200 as a whole to help with immediate need, she said. The supplies are being taken to Christian Services Mission, 3600 3rd Ave S.W. in Birmingham, for distribution.

Donations will again be accepted today at the Hill University Center, outside and inside, until 4 p.m. The effort is coordinated by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

More than 430 students have so far volunteered to help through Blazers for Birmingham, the student effort to help with relief in the coming weeks. The group lists volunteer opportunities and other ways to help on their Facebook page.

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