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Shown are items collected at Ohio University Southern Ironton and Proctorville campuses during the disaster relief supply drive for Kanawha County, West Virginia flood victims.

Shown are items collected at Ohio University Southern Ironton and Proctorville campuses during the disaster relief supply drive for Kanawha County, West Virginia flood victims.

Pictured is just some of the flood damage Ohio University Southern student Daniel Bias saw while traveling through Elkview, West Virginia.

Pictured is just some of the flood damage Ohio University Southern student Daniel Bias saw while traveling through Elkview, West Virginia.

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Ohio University Southern student organizations hold supply drive for Kanawha County flood victims


IRONTON, Ohio – Ohio University Southern nursing student Daniel Bias was driving through the Elkview and Clendenin, West Virginia areas on June 23 when flood waters began to ravage the region.

“I saw first-hand the devastation there and wanted to do something to help the people in need,” said Bias.

So, he and a friend organized a disaster relief supply drive at Ohio University Southern Ironton and Proctorville campuses, as well as several area businesses.

Assisting Bias with the supply drive were members of both the Ohio University Southern Student Nursing Association (SNA) and the Student Social Work Association (SSWA). More than 800 items, including bleach, bottled water, diapers, baby wipes and cleaning supplies, were collected during the week-long drive to aid in the disaster.

Jaimie Phillips, an Ohio University Southern social work student and SSWA officer, saw a community in need and coordinated the drive at the Proctorville Center, with the assistance of Stephanie Burcham, Proctorville Center director.

“This experience has shown me that our community is willing to help those in need, and I’m proud to come from that kind of community,” Phillips said.

Associate Professor of Nursing Beth Delaney said that Bias’ initiative in this circumstance is an excellent example of the culture of students at Ohio University Southern.

“Students in all disciplines at OUS are always leading efforts to support the needs in our surrounding communities and we are very proud of them all,” Delaney added.

“I want to say thank you to everyone who donated time and items for the cause. The disaster relief drive was a huge success,” added Bias.