Displaced College Students Get Helping Hand

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

September 20, 2005

Hurricane Katrina forced college students out of their schools and into our area. Now, some of them are getting by with a little help from their friends at the local Red Cross. Disaster relief case workers were on hand, helping the displaced students find their way around Charlottesville.

"We're giving them emergency shelter, food, safety, and any resources we've got," said Carolyn Dow, a Charlottesville Red Cross volunteer.

"I didn't really have any other assets besides my family until we got here today and they've been really great," said Andrew Oliver, a Tulane University student.

Each student received the same amount of money to spend within 120 days.

"They're giving us a little bit of money to replace some clothes and things and their pointing us to places that we need to go," said Chance Patterson, a University of New Orleans student.

Disaster relief case workers were on hand telling students where they can go for a hot meal and where to find support around the city. Thanks to the donations of the Red Cross, college students from all over Louisiana, that are now attending the university, are slowly rebuilding their lives.

"The Red Cross has been very accommodating. They have been great helping us out, I'm just hoping there is some way in the future that we can give back to them for what they're doing for us right now," said Robert Sproul, a Loyola University student.

Students say they hope to spend only one semester at UVA. Then they can get back to the schools they left behind.

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