BGSU fraternities, sororities boost Cocoon Shelter PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:32
Angie Sinn, a volunteer with the Cocoon Shelter, seperates food that was donated by BGSU Greek Life. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Fraternities and sororities on the Bowling Green State University campus joined forces over the weekend to benefit the Cocoon Shelter.
As part of Greek Weekend, the organizations collected more than 3,200 non-perishable food items and other necessities.
“We couldn’t believe when we went to go pick it up,” said Kathy Mull of the Cocoon Shelter, who worked with the event.
Hayley Barrett, a sophomore and member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, who served as service chair for Greek Weekend, said that she and her committee were looking for local organizations to assist.
“We thought that they (the Cocoon Shelter) would be the best to help out,” she said.
The students then contacted Mull, who provided them with a list of items the shelter needed for their residents.
The Greek organizations competed to see who could gather the most — sorority Delta Gamma and fraternity Sigma Nu were the victors — and the groups were judged on other categories and events as well. A “Cocoon Shelter Olympic Build,” for instance, held Friday night, gave each group 20 minutes to use their gathered items to create something related to the Olympic games.
“It was amazing,” said Barrett of all the items collected. “I guess I was taken aback, it was such a short notice that we let the teams know.”
The fraternities and sororities acquired the trove of supplies through donations, or purchased them on their own.
Donations fill a bathroom at the Cocoon Shelter.
Mull said that the items collected represented “a whole wide variety,” from food to cleaning products, shampoo, paper towels, tissues and more.
“They really came through.”
All tolled, the mountain of donations took eight carfulls to transport.
“To my understanding, this is the first time we’ve received donations like this,” Mull said.
The items will be kept in a special space designated for supplies at the shelter, and will be distributed when the need arises to residents and their children.
“To have them pull together and provide those things is amazing,” said Mull of the students.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:54

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