While UCF was fortunate to avoid the wrath of Hurricane Dorian, residents of the Bahamas saw unprecedented devastation. A number of students, faculty and staff have ties to the islands, and Knights are coming together to support recovery efforts.

A campuswide relief effort, led by UCF Global, the Student Government Association and Student Development and Enrollment Services, launched last week will continue through Friday, Oct. 4. Collection efforts support the National Association of the Bahamas, and the supplies will be transported directly to the islands.

The supplies needed are listed below, and organizers of this project ask that donations be limited to these items:

  • Bottled water, and empty water jugs or water containers
  • Water-purification kits
  • Nonperishable food
  • Hygiene kits (tissue, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, sanitary napkins)
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, mops, brooms, disinfectants, garbage bags, sponges)
  • Baby items
  • Blankets
  • Flashlights/portable outdoor lamps
  • Portable radios
  • First-aid kits
  • Batteries
  • Insect repellent
  • Cooking utensils
  • Disposable utensils
  • Debris-removal tools (shovels, rakes)

Drop-off points include the Student Union (Room 153, across from the Multicultural Academic and Support Services Office), UCF Global Building (first floor front desk), Barbara Ying Center (main lobby), UCF Downtown (Student Engagement Office on the second floor of UnionWest at Creative Village), and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management (Rosen Life Office, Room 202B).

Drop-off locations are open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.