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ISU unites to “Stuff the Bus” this week for tornado victims

In efforts to lend a helping hand to those impacted by Sunday’s storms, the University Program Board (UPB) and the Leadership and Service Unit have partnered up this week to “Stuff the Bus” with donations to send to various areas in Central Illinois.

An ISU mini-bus, donated by Facilities and Management, will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday on Schroeder Plaza for students as a location to drop off items or money they wish to give to the storm’s victims. The location of the bus on Thursday is still to be determined.

This initiative began Tuesday, as students were seen on the Quad all day donating items and money.

UPB President Luke Vernam said all students, RSOs, fraternities, sororities and other organizations should use the bus as an outlet to drop off any donations they may have collected.

“One centralized effort will help delivering items to the appropriate places,” Vernam said.

Vernam said the bus is currently accepting monetary donations as well as  non perishable food items, hygiene and personal care items and cleaning supplies.

“Money at this point is probably one of the best options. This allows appropriate use of funds,” he explained.  “However, the other items are also helpful to areas impacted.”

Donated items will be distributed to areas in Illinois based on level of need and direction from relief organizations and government agencies, Vernam added.

Members involved with this project will begin to sort and organize the donated items on Friday and are currently coordinating with Red Cross to help with the delivery.

More information regarding the delivery will be available later in the week.

For a complete list of items Washington, Ill., needs, visit the Facebook page titled “Washington IL Tornado Recovery.”

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