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Second hurricane supply drive to be held Oct. 6-7

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Lindsey Hadlock

Karen Trask, left, from residential housing, and Ronnie Horton, from Bear Necessities, stand in front of a truckload of supplies destined for Texas.

The United Way of Tompkins County is working with Cornell students, local volunteers and community partners to collect supplies for those that have been impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

This supply drive is a follow-up to the supply drive held in September for Hurricane Harvey victims, which resulted in two tractor-trailers of supplies that were transported from Tompkins County to Houston. In addition, the UWTC already has raised more than $9,000 for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  

For the upcoming drive, the Cornell Puerto Rican Student Association held a supply drive Sept. 25-29, with donation boxes in Anabel Taylor Hall, Appel, Robert Purcell Community Center, Mann Library, Noyes and Willard Straight Hall. These supplies – filling a pick-up truck and an SUV – will be added to those collected this coming weekend.

Supplies will be collected Oct. 6 at the following drop-off locations: the Owego United Way Office, 9-11 a.m.; Newfield Town Hall, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tops Market, Triphammer Rd., 9 a.m.-noon; Tops Market, Elmira Rd., 12:45-6 p.m.

On Oct. 7, supplies will be collected at Hickory Vue Farms, 198 Millard Hill Rd., Newfield, and Newfield Town Hall, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

If you cannot make any of the drop-off locations, contact Karen Trask, campus meal plan coordinator, residential and event services, Student and Campus Life, at 607-339-5517.

Those wishing to donate are asked to bring any of the following:

  • Water
  • Baby formula
  • Baby food
  • Diapers
  • Non-perishable ready-to-eat food
  • Cereal bars, granola bars
  • Rice
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Personal hygiene items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene items, bug spray, etc.
  • First aid items
  • Fairly new clean blankets
  • Like new clean clothing
  • Pet food
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper products: plates, cups, silverware, paper towels, toilet paper

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help load supplies at these drop-off sites can sign up at


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