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Carolina helps victims of Floyd


The Carolina community is answering the call to help the victims of Hurricane Floyd.

From technical assistance to supply drives to pass-the-hat cash donations, University employees are doing whatever they can to aid their fellow North Carolinians in the eastern part of the state who are struggling to cope with the hurricane's devastation.

At the direction of Interim Chancellor William O. McCoy, the Carolina Center for Public Service is coordinating much of the campus effort. The center celebrated its official launch Sept. 24.

"Before the recovery is complete, there is no resource this campus can provide that will not be helpful and needed down east," said Nick Didow, business professor and center director.

Didow said immediate needs include expertise in health and environmental issues as well as donations of cash, food, water and clothing. Next will come the need for manual labor -- "digging out and cleaning up" -- and, finally, help in rebuilding the area's public and private infrastructure, Didow said.

The Carolina Center for Public Service has established a campus task force of faculty, staff and students to match campus resources with relief needs. People interested in helping should call 2-5296 or e-mail cps@unc.edu

Helpful web sites:

* General N.C. relief information, http://www.sips.state.nc.us/hurricane/

* Information about donations and contributions, http://www.sips.state.nc.us/hurricane/donations.html



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