UT Collecting Donations for Relief Efforts in South Carolina

floodrelief1volupdate v0.2In response to the recent events that have devastated friends and loved ones in South Carolina, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is collecting money and needed goods to support the relief efforts in Columbia, South Carolina.

All monetary donations will be given to the local Red Cross chapter in Columbia, with the check being presented to University of South Carolina administration during the UT vs. USC football game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, November 7.

“We teach our students to lead and serve—to be Volunteers,” said Melissa Shivers, associate vice chancellor for Student Life and dean of students. “Our friends in South Carolina need assistance and the Volunteer family is ready and willing to lend hearts, hands, and our Volunteer spirit.”

While the worst of the South Carolina flooding has subsided, residents have begun the long process of cleaning up and rebuilding their communities.

Anyone interested in helping can donate shelf-stable food items like pop-top canned goods that do not require a can opener, 100 percent juice, and dried or boxed foods. Cleaning supplies and unopened personal hygiene supplies are also being accepted.

Donations will be accepted until Thursday, November 5, and can be placed in collection boxes located inside:

  • The Center for Leadership and Service and Center for Student Engagement, 2238 Dunford Hall
  • The Frieson Black Cultural Center, 1800 Melrose Avenue
  • The Office of the Dean of Students, 413 Student Services Building
  • The Office of Disability Services, 100 Dunford Hall
  • The Student Health Center, 1800 Volunteer Boulevard
  • The Thornton Center, 1801 Volunteer Boulevard
  • The Tennessee Recreational Center for Students (TRECS), 2111 Volunteer Boulevard
  • Sorority Village, 2950 Sorority Village Circle

Donated goods will be shipped to the Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, South Carolina.

Monetary donations will be accepted online beginning Monday, October 26, until Thursday, November 5.

For more information on donating goods or funds, visit the flood relief page.

Questions should be directed to the Division of Student Life.