This Saturday, Wildcat football fans will have a golden opportunity to donate to the growing relief effort to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Tucson-based World Care (http://worldcare.org) will be collecting urgently needed supplies at this week's home game between Arizona and Northern Arizona University. Beach, Fleischman and Co. in Tucson is supplying 16 volunteers who will be collecting cash and checks for the Red Cross.
"UA football games are among the largest community events in Tucson, and we are proud to take these opportunities to gather supplies and badly needed money to speed hurricane relief efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi," said UA President Peter Likins. "We will gladly handle community donations and ensure they get to the relief organizations, and we are proud to give a big Wildcat welcome to Gulf Coast residents seeking refuge in Tucson by having them as our guests at the football games."
The University of Arizona Department of Intercollegiate Athletics also has offered tickets to Gulf Coast residents who were evacuated to Tucson and will publicly acknowledge them, along with a moment of silence, before the game.
"The athletics department, along with UA students and the University campus, would like to welcome our guests to Tucson. We feel very privileged to provide the Tucson community with an opportunity to support the great needs of the evacuees," said UA Athletic Director Jim Livengood. "In the weeks to come, our student-athletes and cheerleaders will be planning additional events to assist with the hurricane relief effort.
World Care will have three trucks parked near Gate 8, at the southeast corner the stadium, Gate 14, at the southwest corner, across from Campus Recreation, and Gate 1, at the northeast corner of the stadium. Fans will be able to drop off their usable goods at any of these points.
Portable On Demand Storage (PODS) is supplying temporary storage containers that will be delivered to World Care in Tucson.
While they cannot accept food and clothes, World Care organizers say what's needed most are basic first aid, hygiene and emergency supplies.
First aid items include:
- adhesive bandages and cloth tape
- antibiotic creams and ointments
- antiseptic soap and wipes
- alcohol preps
- aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers
- medium and large non-latex sterile gloves
- 3" roller bandages
- sterile gauze pads
- medical wound glue
- liquid adhesive (New Skin)
- anti-diarrheal and stomach remedies
- antifungal creams
- stool softeners
Hygiene supplies include:
- toothbrushes and toothpaste
- hair products for African Americans
- lice shampoo
- regular, waterless and antibacterial soap
- feminine hygiene products
- razors and shaving supplies
- baby diapers and wipes
Emergency supplies include:
- blankets, pillows and cots
- work gloves
- duct tape and packing tape
- can openers
- paper plates
- plastic utensils
- cups (hot and cold)
- gently-used duffle bags and suitcases
- Mold Rid
World Care will also take pet supplies like dry food, kitty litter, and new or used collars, leashes and carriers.
University of Arizona students and student organizations can also coordinate their efforts through William Broussard in the UA Dean of Students Office, 520-621-3614 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note also that at next week's game between Arizona and Purdue, in addition to the World Care drop-off locations, Red Cross representatives will be accepting donations of cash and checks as well.