AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Transit Services has organized a “Fill-a-Bus” campaign to aid those affected by the recent storm that battered the Eastern Seaboard. Hundreds of people have been forced out of their homes and are currently seeking refuge in shelters and supplies are running dangerously low, according to organizers of the effort.
Community members in the Amherst and Hadley area are being asked to donate toiletries and personal care items, such as soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, cotton swabs, diapers, baby wipes, toothbrushes, razors, combs and hairbrushes, dental floss, hand sanitizer, tissues and deodorant. Some shelters are currently housing 175-200 volunteers and another 200-300 refugees. Volunteers go out into the community by day to assist with cleanup and come back to the shelters at night.
“These are our friends and family in need of help,” says Katie O’Hara of UMass Transit Community Relations. “We’re hoping the community can come together and help ease some of the stress they’re experiencing.”
Donations are being collected from Thursday, Nov. 8 until Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12. Volunteer drivers will be located at various donation sites around the Amherst/Hadley area. To find out exact locations, visit www.umass.edu/busor UMass Transit’s Facebook or Twitter pages (@umasstransit). UMTS will drive the final collection to New York with a truck donated by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car office located on the UMass Amherst campus.
Contact: Katherine O’Hara, 413/545-0637, firstname.lastname@example.org