U of S students help natural disaster victims

Students plan to volunteer too

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - As Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico continue to bounce back after devastating hurricanes, those affected are once again getting help from northeastern Pennsylvania.

The University of Scranton raised money Wednesday to help victims of natural disasters.

Back in September, the college's interim president organized a committee to figure out how to best help diaster victims.

The group determined raising money was the best option so they put together a special event.

Soup and bread usually aren't the first thing college kids turn to for lunch but on Wednesday students and staff from the University of Scranton were having a simple meal to help victims of natural disasters.

"It reminds us that you don't have to take elaborate measures to help those around you," University of Scranton freshman Annie Amentler said.

After seeing video of damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, students wanted to help but campus leaders didn't just want to collect unwanted items.

"We were getting word that people were sending things to Texas or Florida that they didn't need and so we wanted to make a real effort to say what are the needs now that things have settled down," Father Patrick Rogers, Jesuit Center Executive Director said.

That is how the idea for a "simple meal" was born.

For a five dollar donation, people got lunch and all the money raised will go to helping disaster victims recover.

Students say they're glad their school encourages them to help their neighbors in need.

"They encourage us to think about these things and not just turn a blind eye to different things going on in the world," University of Scranton junior Anne Ferketic said.

 


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