Disaster Relief Efforts

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Brandeis University's Department of Community Service, Waltham Group, Hillel, Intercultural Center Department of Spiritual and Religious Life/Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, Brandeis Sodexo and the Student Union collaborated for 'Deis Donates to Disaster Relief.

Fleece blankets, toiletry items, monetary contributions and/or blood were accepted as donations.

Sodexo Relief Efforts

In response to the devastation from recent hurricanes in the southern United States, Brandeis Dining Services offered our community the opportunity to make donations to people in need. People got involved by:

  1. Adding a designated donation item purchased from the Hurricane Relief display at the Hoot Market. Purchases of bottled water, paper goods, and nonperishable foods were donated to the American Red Cross and their relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

  2. Brandeis Dining contributed $1 for every social media follower across all of its platforms. By liking or following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, $3 was donated to the American Red Cross relief efforts.

  3. Sodexo contributed $1 for every student and community member who participated in the Customer Satisfaction survey.

Fleece Blanket Project

The community of faculty, staff, students, and youth gathered together to make over 35 blankets. Additional blankets were made at the following events:

Toiletry and Monetary Donations to the American Red Cross

Monetary donations were made to the American Red Cross. The Kraft family generously matched American Red Cross donations.

Hygiene products/toiletry items were donated to Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center and Houston Food Bank which provided relief toward the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma throughout the long-term recovery process. Items donated include plastic totes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, travel toothbrushes, washcloths and feminine hygiene products.

Collection of donations were at the following sites:

Donations were also accepted via credit card to the American Red Cross.

American Red Cross Blood Drive Donations

National emergencies reiterate the value of giving blood. For a few days from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 the Waltham Group held a blood drive, themed around Hurricane Relief support.

Additional Donation Sites

We encouraged donations to organizations whose mission resonates with you. Some organizations that were providers of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria relief were:

Earthquakes in Mexico Relief Efforts

Rescue efforts continued following the earthquake that struck the central part of Mexico in Sep. 2018. Various organizations worked and aided on the sites of collapsed buildings and helped those affected by the earthquake. Other methods of contribution outside of Mexico included:

More information about different ways to have contributed outside Mexico.

A few dollars bought a lot of supplies: any contribution makes a difference, and donations received were greatly appreciated.