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IU Kokomo hosts collection drive for city's tornado relief

November 19, 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo encourages its students, faculty, and staff to help those impacted by Sunday's tornadoes, through the Cougar Tornado Relief program.

The campus community may donate cleaning products, toiletries, and other items needed by Kokomo residents displaced by the storm, starting Wednesday, November 20. Donation boxes will be available in Alumni Hall, and also at Saturday's Homecoming basketball game. All donations will be given to the United Way of Howard County, which will distribute them.

"We couldn't think of a better way to welcome back our alumni, who are returning to campus Saturday for homecoming, than to give back to those who have lost their homes and businesses," said Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. "We encourage everyone to be generous in helping our community."

Items needed include paper towels, cleaning products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, hairbrushes, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, diapers, wipes, and formula.

Food and clothing will not be accepted in this program, as other organizations are taking care of those needs.

United Way officials will be available at Saturday's basketball game, at noon in the Cougar Gym, to accept monetary donations. Checks can be made to Howard County United Way, with Howard County Tornado Relief on the memo line. Checks may also be mailed to the United Way at 210 W. Walnut St., Kokomo, IN 46902.

Members of the campus community who want to volunteer may call 2-1-1 to register and receive an assignment.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 01/06/2015