Mount Union Prepares for Raider-Aid Hurricane Relief Event

September 11, 2017

Alliance, OH-  In the wake of the destruction from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, on Friday, September 15, the University of Mount Union will host a community-wide hurricane relief effort titled Raider-Aid.

Starting at 8 a.m., Mount Union students will volunteer by lining several businesses along State Street with five-gallon white buckets. Throughout the day, volunteers will be accepting monetary donations which will go toward the American Red Cross to ultimately help victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Jose. Buckets and volunteers will be present outside of most business entrances until 8 p.m. 

So far, participating businesses include UPS, Buffalo Wild Wings, College Inn, Frank’s Family Restaurant, Giant Eagle, Family Farm and Home, Kohl’s, the Alliance Post Office and Bob Evans. Mount Union has already received donations from Lowe’s, Family Farm and Home, Robertson Heating Supply Inc., Frank’s Family Restaurant, Huntington Bank and Green Farms.

Mount Union will also be hosting a Raider-Aid Rally in the Gulling Training Center parking lot from 4– 6 p.m. to celebrate all of the volunteers’ efforts in helping hurricane victims in need. The Rally is open to students, faculty and community members and will include food, music, games and more opportunities to donate.

“The American Red Cross has been tending to the needs of tens of thousands of people affected by hurricanes, providing them with safe shelter, food and water and comfort,” said Mike Parks, Regional CEO of the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio, “We rely on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission, which is to prevent and alleviate human suffering. We are so grateful for the efforts of the students of Mount Union and their Raider-Aid initiative.”

If interested in volunteering on Friday, donating money to Mount Union’s efforts or if you would like more information about the event, contact Abby Honaker Schroeder at (330) 204-4663 or honakeal@mountunion.edu.

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