COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 22, 2009) — As about two dozen Tennessee Tech University students try to replenish their belongings lost in last Tuesday’s flood waters, calls from the community have flooded in asking how to help.
Beginning today, TTU’s Student Activities Office, University Service Center and Fitness Center will begin accepting community donations through an organized drive.
“Many music majors, including a family of four, lived in one apartment complex where water levels rose to above their cars and nearly up to the top of the apartments,” said Amy Green, TTU’s service learning coordinator. “Sewage water contaminated their houses and everything they own. Three students lost cars. All lost basically everything they own.”
Small items, such as linens, clothing and small appliances, will be collected and stored in the Fitness Center Multipurpose Room.
Larger items, such as beds, desks and futons, will be stored in a trailer parked between the Fitness Center and Hooper Eblen Center. Organizers ask that you call ahead to the Fitness Center at 372-6215 if you plan to bring large items. Fitness Center staff will have the keys to the trailer and open it when large items arrive. The trailer will not be available until Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Community members may bring items through Friday, Oct. 2, to the Fitness Center, located on the corner of Willow Avenue and 12th Street, during regular operating hours: Mon.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1-10 p.m.
For a complete list of items needed, visit www.tntech.edu/volunteer. For more information, contact Green at email@example.com or 716-432-4936.