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Olivet asks for donations to help Hurricane Sandy survivors

Posted: Nov 07, 2012

When two empty 28-foot trailers arrive at Olivet early on Monday, November 12, 2012, the goal is to fill them with blankets and cases of bottled water before 5 p.m. that day. Survivors of Hurricane Sandy are in great need of these particular items.

Olivet’s students, staff and faculty are inviting residents of area communities to be part of this effort. Donations will be collected from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Blankets and cases of bottled water are the only items that will be collected at Olivet on Monday. Blankets may be new — still in store packaging — or clean, used blankets. Bottled water must be already packaged.

Kroger in Bourbonnais, Ill., is partnering with Olivet in this effort. From this Friday through Monday only, the store will be selling cases of bottled water at a special price of $2.29 for donation to Hurricane Sandy survivors through Olivet. Water purchased for donation may be designated to be held at the store for pick-up by Olivet on Monday.

The donation drop-off site is on Olivet’s campus, One University Ave., Bourbonnais, between College Church and the west parking lot of Centennial Chapel. Entry and exit signs will be posted to direct drivers. Student volunteers will receive and unload donations of blankets and cases of bottled water from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This may seem like a small way to help, but there is a great need right now for clean water and blankets by our East Coast friends,” said Mark Holcomb, University chaplain. “We are working with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries on this to make sure the items reach those who need them.”

Jay Height, director of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) and father of Olivet students Jeremy Height and Jenna Height, assured Olivet that items collected will be stored and distributed from a warehouse NCM has secured in the Bronx area of New York City.

For more information, call 855-987-4463 or email

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