Mason Supports Tsunami Disaster Relief Efforts

Posted: January 10, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University has organized several efforts to help with the tsunami disaster relief. In announcing the various options, Sandy Hubler, vice president for university life, said, “As members of the Mason community, we cannot even begin to comprehend the plight of those who are living in the aftermath of the recent tsunami in Asia. Our thoughts are with family and friends on campus and around the world who have lost loved ones.”

The university would like to offer as much support and assistance as possible to students, faculty, or staff who have relatives in any of the areas affected by the tsunami. If you know of someone in this situation, please notify the Office of International Programs and Services (703-993-2970), the Dean of Students office (703-993-2884), or University Life office (703-993-8760).

Counselors in the Counseling Center, SUB I, Room 364, are available to assist people who are having difficulty dealing with loss (direct or indirect) brought on by this trauma. To schedule an appointment, come in or call 703-993-2380. Beginning Monday, Jan. 24, the Counseling Center will have walk-in hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m. and Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. Counselors are also available to talk with groups. Call 703-993-2380 for more information.

There are several ways members of the university can help in relief efforts.

Monetary donations

Student Government is mobilizing a donation fund at George Mason. Cash and check donations will be sent to the American Red Cross. Checks should be payable to the American Red Cross. Donations can be dropped off in the Dean of Students office, SUB I, Room 302, or Office of International Programs and Services, SUB I, Room 310, on the Fairfax Campus. For the first two weeks of classes (Jan. 24-Feb. 4), donations will be accepted at a kiosk in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Another option is to donate to a nonprofit agency. The U.S. Agency for International Development has a listing of 74 agencies on its web site that are accepting donations to assist relief efforts. Many will accept online donations and provide an appropriate receipt for gifts.

In addition, the International Student Umbrella organizations are also organizing a donation drive. More information will be made available as their plans are finalized.

Supplies

The Dean of Students office, SUB I, Room 302, and the Office of International Programs and Services, SUB I, Room 310, on the Fairfax Campus are collecting the following items to be distributed to organizations aiding in the relief effort. Staff will be available in the designated offices to receive donations.

First aid:

Disposable rubber gloves (both sterile for medical use and general purpose)

Hydrogen peroxide

Surgical spirits/rubbing alcohol

Gauze

Bandages

Adhesive plaster or any kind of Band-Aid

Antibiotic ointment

Pain relief medication (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, etc.)

Paracetamol

Packs of three-inch syringes

Water purification tablets

Old eyeglasses

Foods:

Milk powder, canned foods, baby food, canned milk for babies

Volunteering

Beginning Jan. 14, members of the George Mason community will sort, pack, and send supply items every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SUB I, Room A. Call 703-993-2884 to volunteer to help.

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