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Raritan Valley Community College
Student Nurses Association
Hurricane Katrina Relief Project for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Fall 2005- Spring 2006
- submitted by Gerald Driandrea, Tara Cody, Jamie Lenox, Nancy Pucci, Jane Xingjian Mao – Student Nurse Association Officers. Faculty Advisor, Susan Williams.


When we started the fall semester in 2005, there was one thing on everyone’s mind; Hurricane Katrina. We knew we needed to help the victims whose lives were turned upside down by this horrible disaster. The only question was how
The Student Nurses Association of RVCC received an e-mail from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College asking for help, and we answered. We started by spending hours, day after day, making phone calls and sending e-mails to pharmaceutical companies asking for donations or supplies (books, book bags, notebooks, pens, and pencils), we went out to the local stores and asked them for help, but it always came down to the same answer, “We are already participating in our own Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.” This is when we decided to turn to our own. We asked the students and faculty of RVCC to help us by donating school supplies, so that when these students returned to school they would have the supplies they so desperately needed. To this we got a much different response. RVCC’s Golden Lion’s Bookstore donated a generous amount of spiral notebooks, and the students started to fill the box in the nursing office with pens, pencils, erasers, text books, notebooks, paper and book bags.

We collected school supplies for 4 months, and over our winter break the members of the Student Nurses Association gathered at the collage to pack everything up. The bookstore once again pulled through by giving us boxes, and packaging tape. We went to the nursing office and packed up ten boxes of supplies, which we then brought to UPS and shipped them off to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Nursing Students for the start of there spring semester.

Upon return from spring break we received a thank you letter from Dr. Judith Benvenutti of MGCCC, which read:

Please know how much our students appreciated all the book bags and school supplies. The Katrina hurricane has changed so many lives. Some students now live in FEMA trailers and get food at distribution centers. Each of you that helped with this project are angels to us and are to be commended for this humanitarian effort. Giving fellow nurses a helping hand makes a difference in their lives!!!
Thanks again,
Dr. Benvenutti

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