In accordance with its Catholic and Vincentian mission, Niagara University is challenging its students to help people in need.

This time, it’s in the form of a campus-wide competition to see which of Niagara’s four academic colleges – Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management – can collect the most items for individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The competition is being organized by the university’s newly transformed IMPACT program, formerly known as Learn and Serve Niagara. The effort invites students to donate necessities – such as clothing, first aid kits, hygiene products, bedding, toys, phone chargers, extension cords, and cleaning and school supplies – in collection bins, which are labeled by college and located on the Gallagher Center’s lower level.

Donations will be tracked and posted daily through Sept. 13 to see which college is in the lead. The college collecting the most items will be presented with a plaque Sept. 29 as part of Niagara University’s annual celebration of Vincentian Heritage Week.

Monetary donations for Hurricane Harvey relief can be dropped off to the Office of Campus Ministry in the Gallagher Center.

All contributions will be sent to individuals and families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Transportation of the supplies is being coordinated with the city of Niagara Falls, which is holding a benefit drive and concert this Saturday from 12-7 p.m. at Niagara Falls High School.

For more information, contact the IMPACT/ReNu Niagara Office at 716.286.8750.

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