PHOTO: Students show items collected for Haiti Relief effortThe recent SUNY Orange Student Senate-sponsored 10-day clothing/blanket drive to aid relief efforts in Haiti netted nearly 7,000 pounds of clothing, blankets and other essentials that were donated by students, faculty, staff and community members.

All donations were passed along to the AFYA Foundation in Yonkers, N.Y., for distribution to Haiti. AFYA, which generally collects donations of medical supplies for distribution in countries around the world, has joined with countless organizations to funnel much-needed assistance to the residents of Haiti.

SUNY Orange student Robert Dimmie, center in hat, who organized the clothing/blanket drive, is shown with, clockwise from his right, Brian Slevin, Laurie Raskin, Marlyn DeFreece and Corinna Stoker, who helped him pack the supplies into a van for transport to AFYA’s storage facility.

SUNY Orange president Dr. William Richards has pledged the College’s support to assisting the long-range recovery efforts in Haiti and the College will be looking at projects that may benefit the resurgence of that country’s educational system. The Student Senate continues to accept monetary donations in the College Bookstore and other student-run fundraising/donation efforts are being planned.


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