HSU Community Helps with Health and Hope for Haiti

Six pairs of crutches and a cane are among the items donated by Hardin-Simmons students, faculty, and staff to the Haiti relief effort. Donations were so numerous they filled up every lab table in room 232 of the Sid Richardson Science Center as they were spread out for sorting.

Science professors Dr. Steven Rosscoe and Dr. Michelle Dose were the brains behind the collection. Rosscoe said he wanted to contribute something to the relief effort for Haiti and realized there were a lot of other people on campus who were looking to do the same, including colleague and associate professor of chemistry, Michelle Dose.

With the help of junior lab assistant Zach Rose, Dose and Rosscoe wrapped large boxes in paper and labeled them then distributed the boxes to seven locations around the campus. Every other day they emptied the boxes. Within a week-and-a-half they managed to collect enough items to fill up 24 large boxes of supplies, which will be leaving Houston for Haiti by the end of February.

Dr. Dose says the supplies will be distributed with the help of PROJECT C.U.R.E., which has already sent several shipments of supplies to the earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

PROJECT C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment) was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment, and services around the world. PROJECT C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the supplies and equipment that medical personnel need to deliver healthcare.

Dr. Dose says she has worked with the organization before, so she knew it would be the perfect avenue to get the HSU donations into the hands of the people who need them.

Dose and Rosscoe say students, faculty, and staff left grocery bags full of supplies in the collection boxes. "After three days, we realized we would not be able to count all of the items," says Dose. Among the items were at least 100 boxes of toothpaste, dozens of tooth brushes, bandages, gauze, peroxide, baby wipes, and diapers.

Holding up a box of Hanna Montana Band-Aids, she says, "This is one of the funniest items we collected. Some little guy or girl in Haiti will enjoy these."

The HSU donated supplies will be part of a sixth shipment by PROJECT C.U.R.E to Haiti. Since its inception, PROJECT C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to needy people in more than 120 countries.

Steven Rosscoe said of the university collection of supplies, "We wanted to help, and we could."


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