Pellissippi State student club earmarks Pakistan for aid

Pakistan has a friend in the students of Pellissippi State Community College. The Multicultural Awareness Club has mobilized to help the South Asian country recover from devastating summer flooding.

Three members of the student-based group—Shayne Hinkle, Sadia Khan and Raeleen Woodbury—are spearheading the effort to collect supplies, and the club is asking the community to join in.

“The worst monsoon rains in 80 years are continuing to sweep from the northwest to south and central Pakistan,” reported the BBC on Aug. 6. “Rivers in Sindh province, home to Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city and business hub, are bursting their banks.”

The death toll in Pakistan, which is situated between Afghanistan and India on the Arabian Sea, has been estimated at 1,754, and the number is expected to climb once floodwaters recede. “A couple of our members are from Pakistan,” said Hinkle, “so we wanted to do something to help. We’re putting together flood relief along with the Pakistan International Agency in New York.”

Requested items include sets of sheets, one-liter bottles of water, boxes of saltine crackers, multipacks of potato chips, shelf-stable milk (Parmalat brand), juice box packs, bar soap, disposable cups in packs of 12 and dried fruit (preferably dried dates).

“We have gotten the free use of a U-Haul truck,” said Hinkle, “and will take the supplies to New York, where they will be palletized and flown free of charge by FedEx into Pakistan. The club may make more than one trip to New York.”

The Multicultural Awareness Club asks that supplies be brought to rooms 162 and 163 of the Goins Building on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Collections are being accepted 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Dec. 10.

Supplies are considered an in-kind donation through the Pellissippi State Foundation, and In-Kind Gift Reports are available in the Access and Diversity office, Room 162A.

For more information, call the Multicultural Awareness Club, 865-539-7347, or Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity Office, at 865-539-7160.

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