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BVU 'On Task' to aid Katrina victims

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Truck and driver are ready to roll

Buena Vista University students and faculty are working to keep the plight of Hurricane Katrina victims in the news and they're asking the Storm Lake community to assist in their relief efforts.

Project ON TASK (Our Neighborhood Transporting Aid to Sufferers of Katrina) is trying to fill a semi load of supplies to take to Lake Charles, La., Storm Lake's sister city, which is providing temporary shelter to 5,000 Hurricane Katrina victims.

Needed are food, toiletries, and first-aid items, among other supplies. Donations are also more than welcome.

Donations can be brought to the Wood's House on College Avenue just across the street from the new east entrance of the Siebens Forum. Items are being accepted 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through Oct. 19.

"As many people as we can get to help out, the better," said Wittry.

Kent Oberg of Oberg Freight is donating use of a semi trailer to haul the items to Lake Charles and Robert Wilson is donating his services to drive the items down.

Following is a list of needed items. Please make sure all donated items are new, unopened, and unexpired.

Food items - canned meats, vegetables, legumes, fruits, milk; soups, pasta sauce; boxed side dishes such as pasta, rice, Hamburger Helper, and potatoes; medium-sized bags of rice, legumes, and pasta; cereal; peanut butter or jelly; coffee and tea; sugar, salt, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise; snacks; can opener; plastic eating utensils, paper plates, and napkins.

Cleaning supplies - toilet bowl cleaner, toilet bowl brush, bathroom cleaner, and cleanser; kitchen cleaner such as 409, glass cleaner; bucket, sponges, gloves, paper towels, and scrub brush; disinfectant wipes; broom.

Toiletries - Tooth brush and paste, floss; bath soap; shampoo; shaving cream; comb or brush; feminine products.

Household first-aid kit items - Neosporin, lice medication, anti-fungal creams, Pepto-Bismol, hydrogen peroxide, Q-tips, immodium, and band-aids.

For more information or to volunteer to help with ON TASK, contact Wittry at 712-830-1653.

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