Refugee Supply Drive Permits Students to Show BYU Pride and Help Others

Are you a BYU nursing student looking for a way to help refugees and have some friendly competition with the University of Utah? Look no further than the Sigma Theta Tau “Supplying Homes of Refuge” drive happening now in the College of Nursing.

The drive is a contest between the four Utah chapters of the international nursing honor association (located at BYU, Weber State University, Westminster College, and the University of Utah) to gather specific supplies for refugees living in Salt Lake City. BYU students are encouraged to donate lotion, diapers, toiletries, socks, baby care products, and underwear of all sizes.

Teaching professor Sheri Palmer, who is heading the drive at BYU, says that the donations are critically needed by local refugee families.

“The biggest thing is that the refugees cannot buy all the stuff that we’re asking for,” she says, explaining that the food stamps refugees live on will often not allow them to buy basic hygiene products.

Time is running out to donate, with the final collection day being Tuesday March 28, 2017. Any donations should be brought to the purple boxes outside the break rooms on the fourth and first floors of the SWKT. Whichever chapter collects the most supplies wins a pizza party.

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