Lancaster – Students in Ohio University Lancaster's Human Services Technology Student Association want to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma. So, they decided to organize a fundraising walk to do just that.
"The HST student organization believes in helping communities recover and heal," said Human Services Technology Program Coordinator Lisa Skeens. "There are many families in financial need and according to the American Red Cross, the greatest need they have at this point is financial."
According to news reports, the twister last week killed 19 people in Moore, Oklahoma and five more in Oklahoma City. 324 people were injured. Moore is a town of about 55,000 people and is located in central Oklahoma. There was a 17-mile path of destruction.
The 5k walk will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. It will begin at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus and all proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. American Red Cross workers have been in Oklahoma providing whatever assistance they can to those who lost their homes and loved ones.
"This walk isn't only for students, faculty and staff at OUL," said Skeens. "We'd love for community members to participate in the walk and help us raise money for those in need."
Participants are being asked to collect pledges of support for the walk. Sponsor sheets are available at the Ohio University Lancaster Information Office.
"It is important for students, faculty and community members to extend their care and concern on a local, state, national and international level," said Skeens. "We hope in some small way this walk and the proceeds from it, will help those in Oklahoma know that we support them in their recovery efforts."
In October, about 40 people took part in a walk on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus to honor domestic violence victims. That walk was also organized by the Human Services Technology Student Association. The walk raised about $200 for the Lighthouse Shelter.