SGA plans to collect donations for Baton Rouge and Mississippi flood victims in September
Alcorn State University’s Student Government Association is on a mission to serve those in need with their latest charitable drive.
During the month of September, SGA will collect donations for those affected by the damaging floods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Mississippi. The donations will consist of non-perishable food items, clothing, shoes and toiletries. The donations will be dispersed at the end of the month.
On Friday, Aug. 12, record-breaking rainfall poured over the region surrounding Baton Rouge and in adjacent Mississippi counties such Amite and Wilkinson. Emergency officials in Baton Rouge had to conduct a search and rescue operation to aid those who were in danger.
Whitney Jackson, Miss Alcorn State University 2016-2017, and Jeremy Martin, SGA president, said that helping the flood victims was one of SGA’s top priorities.
“SGA could not sit and witness the helplessness of the individuals affected by the flood,” said Whitney. “As student leaders, it is important that we implement character by showing selflessness and donate to the victims.”
“The destruction that the floods caused really motivated us to help them in any way possible,” said Jeremy. “It’s sad to know that those people lost everything that they worked hard for. SGA is determined to help them get back on their feet.”
Whitney and Jeremy agreed that the crisis in the affected areas made them realize that life shouldn’t be taken for granted.
“Often times, we’re so caught up in our own lives that we forget to think of those that are less fortunate. Giving back keeps us humble and makes us grateful for everything that we have,” said Whitney.
“Giving back is a great feeling. Situations like these should make us look at life differently and appreciate everything that we are blessed with,” said Jeremy.
For more information, visit the SGA office, located in the James L. Bolden Campus Union, Room 9 or contact them at (601) 877-6327.