University of South Carolina

USC shows support for storm victims

By Liz White, lwhite@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-2848

When USC student Spencer Nelson heard the news about the houses burning in Breezy Point, N.Y., in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, he decided he had to take action.

“When I found out about the hundred homes that had been destroyed, I felt completely useless and helpless and I could no longer sit down and not do anything to help,” said Nelson, a sophomore business major.   

Nelson, a native of the nearby Rockaway neighborhood in Queens, couldn’t get on a plane to help in person, so he approached others at the university to help raise funds for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help from afar.

“Even though we’re 700 miles away, everyone here is thinking about our whole community up there,” he said.

With the help of Student Government, Student Affairs, My Carolina and others at the university, Nelson will be on Greene Street in front of the Russell House from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, urging Gamecocks to donate to the cause at “Gamecocks Sandstorm for Sandy.” The USC community can donate online to the Red Cross fund through a special Sandstorm for Sandy link.

The recent storm in the Northeast likely hit close to home for many USC students. New Jersey, where the storm hit the hardest, has become a large supplier of out-of-state students. Nelson said several of his friends from the area have been unable to reach their parents, and others at Carolina will likely not have a home to return to for the Thanksgiving break in a few weeks.

“It’s really something that’s widely affected our community here,” Nelson said.  

Students, faculty and staff can make cash donations or donations with their Carolina Cards. The Red Cross will also provide a link for the Carolina community to make donations online.

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Posted: 11/01/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/02/12 @ 12:12 PM | Permalink