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Blinn College partners with the community to assist with hurricane recovery efforts

Donation sites have been established at Bryan’s Tejas Center and Health Science Center, and the Brenham Campus Student Center

August 31, 2017

Blinn College Volunteers Harvey StormBlinn College is partnering with the community to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

Donation sites have been established at the College’s Central Administrative Services Building located in the Tejas Center at 3125 South Texas Avenue, Suite 1900, in Bryan; on the second floor of the Health Science Center, Clinical Building I located at 8447 State Highway 47, Bryan; and the Blinn College-Brenham Campus Student Center located at 1007 Walter Schwartz Way in Brenham.

Items needed include: baby wash, wipes, and powder; baby formula and food; baby and adult diapers; over-the-counter medication; men and women’s deodorant; men’s, women’s, and children’s underwear; feminine hygiene products; toilet paper; bottled water; snack bars; beef jerky; canned food; hand sanitizer; extension cords; bleach; disinfectant wipes; mops; rubber gloves; medical gloves; face masks; sponges; five-gallon buckets; towels; tarps; trash bags; laundry detergent; bedding materials, including sheets and blankets; pillows; and dog and cat food.

Items for donation at the Health Science Center include: litter boxes; cat litter; horse hay, buckets, feed, and shavings; large and extra-large wire crates; stainless steel bowls; flat-edge shovels; rubber boots; blower fans; school supplies; backpacks; jackets; and children’s tennis shoes.

Donated items will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be delivered to the residents of Aransas, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, and Montgomery counties. Any money donated will be given to the American Red Cross (Central Administrative Services Building) and Salvation Army (Health Science Center). The drives will continue as long as there is a need.

“After working closely with first responders, food pantries, and animal shelters these past few days, I was able to pinpoint the specific needs of certain locations,” Director of Academic and Enrollment Services Christy Johanson said. “We are trying to focus on the areas that may not be receiving as much help as the bigger cities. We do not want anyone to feel overlooked.”

For more information regarding the donation sites, contact Johanson at 979-209-7336 or christy.johanson@blinn.edu, or Kimberly Decker at 979-691-2089 or kimberly.decker@blinn.edu.

In addition to donation drives, Blinn organizations are contributing to local hurricane relief efforts through volunteer efforts. Members of the Blinn football and men’s basketball teams traveled to La Grange Tuesday to unload and sort items donated to flood victims. The Blinn baseball team, women’s basketball team, and members of the Blinn-Brenham Campus Student Government Association have volunteered to accept and load donations into trailers at the Brenham Community Donation Drive. Volunteers can sign up to assist the community donation drive at www.signupgenius.com/go/409044ba9ae2ba3f58-brenham.

Additionally, the Blinn volleyball team will be collecting toiletries during the Blinn College Premier Tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, in the P.E. Building on the Brenham Campus.

To accommodate students who were unable to register for Fall semester courses due to the weather, Blinn is extending registration through Friday, Sept. 1. Students can register for new and additional courses at www.blinn.edu.