Vol. 12 No. 8 - March, 2010

UMass Worcester students join forces to provide aid to Haiti

Submitted by GEP students Meredith Walsh and Toy Lim (Class of 2012)

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With the help of many students and several dedicated Girl Scouts, supervised by Diane Brescia, Girl Scout mother and coordinator of admissions for the GSN, the student group assembled more than 600 hygiene kits to send to Haiti.

After the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, UMass Worcester students from the Graduate School of Nursing and the School of Medicine combined efforts to respond to the call for humanitarian aid to Haiti. The Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), an agency that has provided health assistance to Haiti since 1912, put out a call for hygiene kits for distribution to survivors in the aftermath of the quake.

Medical and nursing students answered the call by donating supplies and coordinating collection of donated items throughout the UMass Worcester system and at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Collection boxes were placed in nurse’s lounges, classrooms, lobbies and administrative offices at the South Street and the University campuses, UMass Memorial Medical Center and Commonwealth Medicine’s Med Metrics Health Partners offices on the Century Drive campus.

With the help of many students and several dedicated Girl Scouts, supervised by Diane Brescia, Girl Scout mother and coordinator of admissions for the GSN, the student group assembled more than 600 hygiene kits to send to Haiti. Each kit contained a comb, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand towel and face cloth. Optional items included hand sanitizer, lotion and small toys. The kits were transported to the CMMB distribution center in New York, where shipments of medicine and medical supplies to Haiti take place regularly.

Ongoing student efforts have resulted in more than $1,500 in contributions to agencies providing emergency relief on the ground in Haiti. The Haiti Relief Group wishes to thank everyone who has contributed time, energy, supplies and money to these efforts. Every gift, no matter how small, makes a difference.