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Lasell College Contributes More than One Ton of Food, Clothing, Supplies to Tornado Victims

June 8, 2011

More than one ton of clothing, non-perishable food items, small appliances and office supplies collected by Lasell College through its Lasell Leftovers initiative, will be delivered to the survivors of last week's tornados that devastated many towns in Western Massachusetts. The Salvation Army, which is coordinating collections for the Red Cross, delivered the goods from Newton to the Western Massachusetts area yesterday.

Now in its second year, organizers of the Lasell Leftovers program collect, sort and donate new and gently used goods that students provide at the end of the school year.

In 2010, several organizations, including the Wish Project in Lowell, Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Boston metro area, and relief efforts in Haiti were the beneficiaries. Last week, college organizers decided to earmark items for the individuals and organizations in Western Massachusetts where many homes, apartment buildings, and local businesses were destroyed.

According to Marc Fournier, Assistant Director of Plant Operations and Sustainability for the College, the idea to donate came from a member of the College's public safety force, Kate Gagnon, who has family in Worcester County. "The College is committed to recycling and donating to those in need," he said. "By working with the Salvation Army we can get much needed supplies to those who have lost so much."

 

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