SUN Center leader Natte Thomas could not sleep at night after hearing about the Haiti tragedy. She was up all night for several nights when she decided that she had to do something to help.
She was the Newborns in Need leader and felt an overwhelming peaceful feeling when she collaborated with Ryan Nelson and JJ Glasson to lead the project to make hygiene kits to immediately be sent to Haiti.
The kits will be delivered to Haiti through the Humanitarian Center in SLC.
According to Kathy Murray, SUN Center director at the College of Eastern Utah, the group must follow some rules to provide the kits.
"We must follow the strict guidelines from the Humanitarian Center," said Murray. "The goal for CEU is 50 kits."
The CEU students challenged the students of Carbon and Emery high schools to match or beat their goal. "The prize is knowing that you have helped someone in need but they would really like CEU to shine by meeting the goal or even better, doing more," Murray said.
SUN Center President Cole Unsworth stated that getting people involved is important.
"We want to show the community that the students of CEU really care," he said. "By teaming with Carbon and Emery high schools, we can get more students involved in this worthwhile project."
Each kit must contain two unbreakable combs without sharp handles, four toothbrushes (sealed), one tube of toothpaste (6-8 ounces, no pumps), two bars of soap (3.5-5 ounces each) and two hand towels (approximately 15x25 inches). Dishtowels and washcloths are not acceptable. One-gallon sealable bags are also needed.
Murray said that the center is also looking to the community for help as well.
"We need your help," she stated. "If you would like to donate please bring the items to the SUN Center in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center or call (435 637-2120) and we will send someone to pick them up. If it's easier to donate money to the SUN Center for the Haiti Project, we will do the shopping for you."
History instructor Susan Neel was shopping recently. In an e-mail to the SUN Center, she wrote, "I was shopping last weekend and it dawned on me that a bulk purchase of the items might be a good idea, so I got a couple dozen toothbrushes, tooth paste, packages of soap, and a big bag of terry towels. The humanities faculty in the Computer Business Building chipped in on the cost and would like to donate a dozen or so hygiene kits."
Students in the SUN Center think the humanities faculty purchased enough material to make 25 kits, Unsworth added.
"We had some other faculty and staff donate money so we will achieve our goal soon," he said.
The earthquake in Haiti three weeks ago killed hundreds of thousands of people and left nearly a million homeless. Agencies from across America are working to relieve the situation.
The CEU students will be putting the kits to be donated together on Friday afternoon.