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"Unbelievably Supportive" - Trent Community Aids Flood Recovery

The Trent University community, including its newest members - incoming students - is among those who have rallied in support of those affected by the July 15 flood.

Countless carloads of food and more than 20 bags of clothing, have been delivered on behalf of Trent University students, staff and faculty members, says Jane Rennie, of the Registrar's Office, who is coordinating the collection.

First-year students and their parents, who are coming to campus for the New Student Orientation Program, are bringing with them, or buying, food and clothing to donate to the cause.

"The incoming class has been unbelievably supportive," says Ms. Rennie, adding these students and their parents are coming to campus from across Ontario and beyond. "We've been inundated with an incredible amount of supplies. It's been pretty special."

And the contributions are heartfelt; one student donated a child's umbrella despite its sentimental value to her. Ms. Rennie on July 28 took a carload of clothing to Operation We Care at 863 Chemong Road in Brookdale Plaza. There, the Salvation Army is setting up a store for those affected by the flood. At a news conference on July 27 at Trent's Peter Gzowski College on Argyle Street, Major Greg Simmonds of the Salvation Army appealed to community members not affected by the flood to donate whatever victims might need to get their homes up and running again. The store will be accepting further contributions between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. until July 30.

Among those who will need the goods, said Major Simmonds, are the 20 families housed at the evacuation centre - currently located at Gzowski College on Argyle Street. The residence was abuzz with activity on July 27, as local and provincial reporters attended the news conference, while Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers, worked to supply cleaning supplies, clothing and food. City of Peterborough Social Services staff members were also on hand providing assistance to those in need.

Meanwhile, Trent University Director of Conference and Hospitality Services Ashok Kaushik worked with Red Cross Northumberland Branch volunteer Ken Carroll to ensure the residence operation was running smoothly. Mr. Kaushik has been among those working with the city since July 18.

"We are happy to be able to help the community in this time of need," said Mr. Kaushik. "It makes you feel like part of the community. You can see everyone is pitching in."

Photo 1: Red Cross volunteers Josie McCutcheon (left) and Jeannie Moloney are among the many volunteers at work at Trent University's Peter Gzowski College at Argyle Street - site of the Emergency Reception Centre.

Photo 2: Red Cross Northumberland Branch volunteer Ken Carroll with Trent's Director of Conference and Hospitality Services Ashok Kaushik.

Posted July 28, 2004

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