Several weeks after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico thousands of families are still struggling.

On October 18, FEMA provided the following status update:

  • 80% of residents do not have electricity
  • 28% of residents do not have potable water
  • 22% of gas stations are still not operational
  • 92% of roads are not open
  • 88% of grocery stores are open but not fully stocked

Virginia Western is assisting the United Way to gather critical supplies to ship to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. Collection boxes will be stationed around campus for your donations from November 6-9th of the following specific items:

  • Gerber Whole Wheat Cereal
  • Gerber Graduates meals and snacks
  • Nestle Klim or Nido dry powdered milk
  • Ensure
  • Clorox wipes
  • Unscented baby wipes (any brand)

The above brand and items are the only items accepted in this drive. Items that are unable to ship will be donated locally.

VWCC Collection Locations:

  1. Humanities/Duncan – breezeway between buildings
  2. Chapman Hall – waiting area
  3. Student Life Center – 3rd floor close to stairs/elevator
  4. Webber Hall – 1st floor to the right from the front door
  5. Webber Hall – 3rd floor outside BTT office
  6. Business Science – 2nd floor beside bridge
  7. Business Science – 1st floor in Campus Commons
  8. Anderson Hall – 1st floor in front entrance
  9. Brown – 1st floor in space beside coffee area
  10. Fralin Center – 2nd floor close to front entrance

According to the Roanoke Times on October 19, 2017, Hurricane Maria brought nearly four times the amount of rain in one day than the flood of ’85 brought to Roanoke over four days.