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Sept. 11 DonationsTop $23K

Students Aid Effort

By Kevin R. Lang


After weeks of collecting on and off campus following the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., MIT has reported a donation of $23,227 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Donations were solicited from MIT students, faculty, and staff over the weeks following Sept. 11.

Fundraising efforts were coordinated by the MIT Public Service Center, which recruited the help of several student groups to assist with the effort. Undergraduate Association President Jaime E. Devereaux ’02 said that the UA approached the PSC at the beginning of the semester asking for ways to help on campus, and the September 11 relief effort provided a perfect opportunity.

“Basically, the PSC contacted us to help promote [the relief effort] and help get some people,” Devereaux said. “We were looking for a way to help out.”

Students help collect donations

Devereaux and Graduate Student Council President Dilan A. Seneviratne worked with the PSC to organize volunteers at collection sites. Students were involved in staffing collection booths in Walker Memorial, Lobby 10, and the Student Center lobby.

“They basically needed our help in getting people to work at the booths and to get the word out that this was there,” Devereaux said.

Devereaux said that there was no set schedule for collections, but that efforts were prepared to go on as long as people kept donating money.

“I know it went longer than expected,” Devereaux said. “People felt a need to be able to help out with something.”

The Interfraternity Council was also involved in the fundraising effort. IFC Community Service Chair Daniel J. Yoo ’03 coordinated collections from fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups, which were pooled with donations collected on campus.

Red Cross donations top $150M

To date, the American Red Cross has collected $153.8 million for Sept. 11 relief efforts. Approximately half of this money is allocated for “immediate disaster relief”, which includes cash grants to families of those lost or missing after the attacks, childcare, feeding, counseling services, and nursing services for families who had loved ones in the World trade center, and relief centers for emergency workers at ground zero.