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Hurricane relief donations being accepted on campus through Sept. 3

Ohio University’s Office of Community Engagement Programs within the Campus Involvement Center is partnering with a local business and community leaders to host a donation site to assist the residents of Texas who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey through a program titled, “Athens to Houston.”

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, a storage container will be available in the parking lot of Ohio University’s Porter Hall for area residents to drop off donated items. Volunteers are needed to staff the donation container, which will be locked at night. To volunteer, fill out this online form

Among the items needed are:

  • Bottled water
  • Baby formula
  • Baby bottles
  • Diapers
  • Canned goods
  • Food (non-refrigerated) that is pre-packaged for individual serving
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • First aid supplies
  • Storage containers
  • Empty cardboard boxes (for organizing the donations within the shipping container) 

The donation container is being provided by Sean Jones, the owner and CEO of Nelsonville-based Quickloadz Container Systems. The company plans on consolidating all donated items into one container and driving that container to Texas the morning of Sept. 4. Jones is working with the Salvation Army to identify a final drop-off site as close to the Houston area as possible.

Athens community member Coleen Krubl has coordinated this effort in conjunction with Jones. Other partners that have donated support include local business Performance Signs and Ohio University Parking and Transportation Services.

For more information, contact Barb Harrison, assistant director of the Campus Involvement Center, at 740-593-4098 or harrisob@ohio.edu.