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Fraternity organizes Hurricane Irma relief drive

While category 4 hurricane Irma struck parts of the world almost a month ago, people in the Heartland are still organization relief efforts. (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

While category 4 hurricane Irma struck parts of the world almost a month ago, people in the Heartland are still organizing relief efforts.

This week, the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi held a Hurricane Irma Relief Drive for people located in the Virgin Islands.

Lead organizer, Madeline Bequette says her aunt lives in the Virgin Islands.


Her personal connection to the disaster made her decide to propose the relief drive to her fraternity.

Although a lot of people are focusing on providing relief in Puerto Rico and Texas, Bequette says victims in the Virgin Islands are being overlooked.

So far, the organization has raised about $300. They need anything from battery operated devises, hygiene products, to tennis shoes and clothing.


Tomorrow is the last day to donate.

With the cost of shipping being very expensive, Bequette says they are still working on how to get items to the victims.

The organization is keeping in contact with people on the island and hope to get the items shipped within the next two weeks.

Bequette says even though very few people in her fraternity have the personal connection to the disaster like she does, Bequette says everyone was still very willing to take part.

I WAS JUST EXPRESSING HOW MUCH WE NEEDED TO HELP AND WE NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING AND EVERYONE WAS JUST SO WILLING TO HELP ME. IT REMINDED ME HOW LUCKY I WAS TO BE A PART OF AN ORGANIZATION.

If you would like to donate, the organization will be taking donations Friday from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the Quad. For more information visit their Facebook page, Hurricane Irma Relief Drive.


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