September 09, 2005

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LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell announced Friday the creation of the Bucknell University Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

Donations to the dedicated account will be forwarded "on behalf of Bucknell University students, trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief," said Mitchell.

Donations by check payable to Bucknell University - Katrina Relief Fund may be sent to University Relations, Cooley Hall, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

The university asked that donations be made as soon as possible, but no later than Oct. 5.

"I continue to be impressed by the outpouring of help offered by the Bucknell community," said Mitchell. "This is an example of the strength of our community and our understanding of our duty to help those in need."

The announcement of the relief fund was the latest in a series of efforts to mobilize assistance since the Aug. 29 hurricane.

Bucknell has been proactive in enrolling displaced college students from the hurricane area. As of Friday morning, 20 visiting students had been enrolled and nearly 60 students had contacted Bucknell about admission, according to Kurt Thiede, vice president for enrollment management and communications.

In a campus-wide message Friday, Mitchell also noted the "ingenuity and agility" of the student community and its efforts to provide hurricane relief.

"Bucknell has secured a tractor-trailer truck and driver who has generously agreed to deliver items collected by the Bucknell community to those in greatest need," said Mitchell. Bottled water, pop-top canned goods, sanitizer wipes, diapers, and baby products will be collected.

In addition, the university is sending plastic shoe box-sized care packages designed for one person filled with hygiene products such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, nail clippers, tissues, brush or comb, soap, and flip-flops. Boxes for children will also include educational toys, crayons, coloring books, and craft items.

Donations can be delivered to the Office of the Deans of Students, 211 Elaine Langone Center, no later than Monday, Oct. 3. Boxes should be marked for male or female and, if for a child, the approximate age. The tractor-trailer truck will be loaded over Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.



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