Student Life and First Year Experience at Eastern Kentucky University jumped into action when several Kentucky counties experienced significant flooding in early March.
The flood waters in Eastern Kentucky counties caused many roads, homes and other buildings to face significant amounts of damage.
From the moment the flood waters first started rising, many individuals and student organizations contacted Student Life wanting to initiate donations to flood victims.
“One student immediately reached out to ask to collect items to donate and made a flyer,” said Loni Yost, director of Student Life and First-Year Experience.
Student Life supports and enhances students through community service, Colonel’s Cupboard, leadership programs, family programs, student organizations, first year experience and Greek life.
“I was really proud of our students,” Yost said. “They saw a need and immediately jumped in and came up with ideas. It impacted some of us in our areas, and we wanted to give back and help, but students were the ones who reached out to us.”
Student Life designated their office located in room 152 of the Powell Building as the location to collect donated items. Generous amounts of bottled water, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, trash bags, mops, brooms and buckets were donated. Student Life also donated near-to-expire food items out of the Colonel’s Cupboard and no-sew blankets made by a student service project.
After receiving the items, Student Life then contacted their connections in the affected counties to deliver the donations. The majority of the donations were sent to schools, where families could then pick up needed items.
On March 4, EKU President David McFaddin sent out an email informing the campus community to donate items to help Estill and Powell Counties, which are in the service region.
“I would ask everyone to join with me in remembering and supporting the thousands of people in our service region who are suffering from the ice storm, to the flooding; we’re seeing some once-in-a-lifetime type of things happen that are catastrophic to those communities,” McFaddin said.
One EKU student wanted to give back to her home area, which was affected by the flooding, and had connections to the Family Resource Center, bringing Lee County to be added to the list of receiving donations.
“We have current students from those areas,” Yost said. “It was really great to see students wanting to give back and help out. Everyone was very appreciative."
President McFaddin set March 9 as the donation deadline to ensure flood victims quick delivery of needed items. Due to the generosity of the EKU campus community, Student Life is still currently collecting and delivering donations.
To check the list of donations still needed, visit https://eku.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6976700. To check out other current and future Student Life and First-Year Experience events, visit https://eku.campuslabs.com/engage/events.