The emergency medical technician and paramedic programs at Western Colorado Community College are holding a drive, to collect supplies for people affected by Hurricane Harvey. The drive is organized by student Alison Wood and EMT instructor Travis Holder.

The EMT program usually does a community service project every semester. During the 2017 fall semester, this project is the fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, and possibly upcoming hurricanes.

Though the drive is organized by WCCC, Colorado Mesa University students can help too. One of the collection boxes is located in the University Center, and the EMT program asks that students give backpacks, school supplies, clothing and personal hygiene products.

“If they [students] have used, good backpacks, bring them, donate them,” Holder said.

While backpacks and clothing can be used in good condition, school supplies and personal hygiene products should be new.

Holder had family that lived in areas affected by Harvey. Though his family recently moved to Colorado, they are aware of the situation down there and know people still living and working on relief in the area.

“We have a direct contact down there saying, ‘this is what we need, this is what we’re looking for,’ and that’s what made us organize what we’re doing today,” Holder said.

More boxes for donations are located at the Rimrock Ave. Walmart, the 24 Road City Market, and Sam’s Club. According to Holder, the boxes will be there, as well as in CMU’s University Center for as long as possible, since hurricane season is not over yet.

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Lauren Lipski
Lauren Lipski is a senior at Colorado Mesa University serving as The Criterion's managing editor for the 2017/2018 school year. She is also majoring in English literature, English writing and Hispanic studies. She also served as the managing editor of Pinyon, CMU's poetry magazine. Upon graduation in May 2018, she plans to pursue graduate studies in writing and publishing.


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