SPECIAL SERIES : Hurricane Katrina
SF State Students Find A Unique Way To Help Hurricane Victims
In order to try and support Katrina surivors, students throw on-campus yard sale.
October 6, 2005 4:54 PM
Impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Megan Deutsch was determined to find a way to help victims. She came up with an idea the whole school could jump on board with: a giant yard sale.
The yard sale will be held on Oct. 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the grassy area of the SF State quad. All the proceeds will go to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita via the Salvation Army.
The event will consist of selling items such as music, clothes, electronics, home decor, small furniture, books and movies.
“It’s sad to think that these people could be potentially forgotten about,” said Deutsch of those affected by the hurricane.
Deutsch, a senior anthropology major at SF State began networking for the event with the Students for Critical Anthropology club (SCA), in which she is the secretary.
“The SCA is helping promote, recruit volunteers and anything else Megan needs,” said Jennifer Wolowic, president of the SCA. “We are committed to what the school does for social justice and this is a great way to help out.”
Many of the volunteers for the yard sale are from the SCA, but it is important to Deutsch that the event stays focused on the victims.
“We have about 35 volunteers and are looking for about 60 or 70,” said Deutsch.
After finding a club to sponsor the event, Deutsch contacted the Office of Student Programs & Leadership Development (OSPLD) to begin learning how to organize the yard sale. OSPLD approves all student club events at SF State.
Deutsch also plans to distribute flyers throughout the neighborhoods surrounding SF State.
“We want to get families to donate because college kids don’t always have stuff to donate,” said Michelle Montoya, the president of the SF State College Democrats.
The College Democrats have been looking for a way to help victims of the hurricane, and Montoya said this unique opportunity is ideal.
“It’s more than just passing a bucket around,” said Montoya.
Lyndsay Taylor, Deutsch’s assistant, heard her announce the event in class and said she knew she wanted to get involved.
“I was looking for a way to give, but didn’t have any money, so this sounded perfect,” said Taylor.
Taylor said that any donations, or any people who can come and volunteer for a few hours, would be a big help.
“(The yard sale is) also about bringing the community together,” said Deutsch.
Deutsch is in the process of trying to find a storage spot on campus that will house all the items being donated to the yard sale. She is also trying to get businesses on board to donate gifts and funds.
“We have some Playstations and are hoping to get more electronic items to sell,” said Deutsch.
Because she is in school, Deutsch was going to wait until next summer try to help the victims, but then she realized there was something she could do while at SF State.
“These people aren’t just going to be better. They are beyond homeless,” said Deutsch.
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