UF students hold donation drive for Ecuador victims
GAINESVILLE, Fla.--The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that took the lives of more than 400 people in Ecuador hits close to home for some University of Florida students.
"I had actually been to many of the areas that had been hit by the earthquake," explains Gerardo Nunez, who is originally from Ecuador. "There are a number of towns in coastal Ecuador that have lots of beaches and touristic attractions. So, for the majority of the members of the Ecuadorian community here in Gainesville, we have visited these places and have first-hand memories."
Members of the 'Ecuadorians in UF' Facebook group come together to celebrate traditional holidays and are now coming together to lend a helping hand to their home country. They've started a donation drive to collect money and items to assist with the earthquake relief.
- Non-perishable food (canned food, beans, cookies/crackers, energy bars, dried rice, pasta etc.)
- Clothing (clothes suitable for warm weather, footwear, etc.)
- Bottled water and hydrating beverages
- Mattresses, tents, mosquito nets, bed sheets
- Personal hygiene supplies (hand soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, female sanitary products, diapers, etc.)
- Insect repellent, hand sanitizer
- Batteries, and battery-powered lamps or flashlights
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