Donation drive for LA flooding victims being held by UK’s SAAC

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The University of Kentucky’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has organized a drive for supplies to assist victims of historic flooding this August in southern Louisiana. Donations will be accepted this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“LSU is a part of our SEC family and we want to do everything we can to help ease their pain as they deal with catastrophic flooding,” SAAC President and national champion swimmer Danielle Galyer said. “Our thoughts are with all who are struggling in Louisiana.”

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SAAC is asking for fans to bring supplies of the greatest need for victims, including cleaning products, tools, household goods and toiletries. A complete list of suggested items can be found below.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the floods in Louisiana,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “I’m proud our students have taken it upon themselves to play a small part in assisting with the relief effort, reflecting the service-oriented spirit they show every day. I look forward to our fans joining them in helping.”

Donations will be accepted in the small paved lot by the PPD coal pile near John Cropp Stadium and the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex, located at 570 Wildcat Court. To access the drop-off point, enter the soccer/softball drive off College Way and take the first available left. The drop-off point – staffed by SAAC members – will be open at the following times:

  • 1-8 p.m. on Friday – In conjunction with the UK men’s soccer game vs. Dartmouth
  • 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday – Prior to UK football’s season opener vs. Southern Miss
  • 1-7 p.m. on Sunday – In conjunction with the UK women’s soccer game vs. High Point

At the conclusion of the drive, supported by Price Coomer Relocation Services and Allied Van Lines, supplies will be transported via tractor trailer, provided by Red River Ranch, to Baton Rouge, La., and delivered to victims.

Suggested donations:

CLEANING PRODUCTS

  • Bleach
  • Heavy duty buckets
  • Facial masks to block out mold spores
  • Rubber disposable gloves
  • Liquid disinfectant
  • Brooms
  • Dustpans
  • Anti-microbial cleaner
  • Super heavy duty trash bags

TOOLS

  • 1-2 gallon sprayer
  • Work gloves for pulling sheetrock
  • Crowbars
  • Hammers
  • Generators
  • Sheetrock cutters (with replacement blades)
  • Boxed fan (new or used)
  • Dehumidifier (new or used)

HOUSEHOLD GOODS/TOILETRIES

  • Linens
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Bottled water to drink and clean with
  • Plastic storage with lids

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Mosquito Spray with DEET
  • Gift cards for Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco & Menards