SAU collects for Harvey relief efforts

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Southern Arkansas University is collecting items for Helping Hands for Houston, the school-sponsored disaster relief effort for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

SAU President Dr. Trey Berry said, ““People need things now, but they’re gonna need things six months from now, and they’re gonna need things a year from now.”  Volunteer coordinator Deana Taylor said, “We bought fifteen totes already and pretty much they’re full, so we’re just adding to it, stacking it here in Overstreet until we get it .. where we decide which agency we’re going to partner with for things.”

These items can be donated at the Dr. Margaret Downing Invitational Volleyball Tournament hosted by SAU today and Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Watson Center, and at Saturday’s Mulerider football game beginning at 6 p.m. at Wilkins Stadium. Collection points will be inside the Watson Center and near both entrances to Wilkins Stadium. The Muleriders will be playing Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

The drive will be collecting:


Baby wipes

Bottled water

Non-perishable food

Pet food, bowls, collars, leashes and toys

New children’s toys, games and books

Hand sanitizer

Work gloves

Trash bags


Packages of new socks – various sizes

Packages of new underwear – various sizes

Hygiene products

People can also drop off items for flood cleanup buckets. For assembly, five-gallon plastic buckets with lids are needed, as well as: liquid laundry detergent (one 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottles only); dish soap (16-28 oz. bottle, any brand); 1 can air freshener (aerosol or pump); 1 insect repellant spray (6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover); 50 clothespins; clothesline (one 100-foot or two 50-foot lines, cotton or plastic); 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags (33 to 45-gallon sizes); 5 dust masks; 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves (for multiple uses); 1 pair work gloves (cotton with leather palm or all leather).

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