University Collects 2,500 Pounds of Food and Clothing for Fire Victims

University Collects 2,500 Pounds of Food and Clothing for Fire Victims
Salvation Army workers team with Cal Poly Pomona staff to load donations to fire victims onto a truck. Approximately 2,500 pounds of goods were collected for the Ontario Salvation Army.

Cal Poly Pomona faculty, staff and students rallied together to help victims of the recent wildfires by collecting 2,500 pounds of goods for the Ontario Salvation Army.

Hundreds of people on-campus and from neighboring communities dropped off donations earlier this month at the 25 campus collection points set up by Associated Students Inc. (ASI).

?We had to pick up the items everyday from each location because the boxes would fill up so fast,? says Denise Wynn, event coordinator and ASI programs administrative assistant. ?When we gathered all of the donations in one spot, the grandeur of the moment was overwhelming to see what a huge heart this community has.?

ASI partnered with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, PFF Bank and the Salvation Army to collect donations for those affected by the Grand Prix wildfire that ravaged the Inland Valley a few weeks ago.

The donations filled a commercial stake-bed truck six feet deep, according to Wynn. Among the items collected were food, beverages and clothing; personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo; and comfort items including slippers and stuffed animals.

?This was just phenomenal. Doing this one thing helped the campus feel relief from the overwhelming sense of helplessness,? says Wynn. ?It should make those on campus proud to know that they contributed to helping a lot of lives.?