Eastern Oregon University's Rachael Steward had no choice.
The overwhelming generosity of Union County residents was so great that at 1 p.m. Monday she
put the brakes on a clothing drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The drive was scheduled to run through Saturday, however, the community response was so overwhelming that Steward
had to end the drive early.EOU
was close to having more clothing than it could deal with.
"We have to focus now on getting the clothes to Louisiana and Mississippi.That is what is important," said Steward, EOU interim coordinator of multicultural affairs.
The drive started Sept. 1 and Eastern soon found itself with more clothes than a Salvation Army
or Goodwill store.
"The response was amazing," Steward
"They were just too big," Steward
The clothing drive "gives people a chance to feel helpful even if they do not have a lot of money," Steward
Toiletries, shoes, linens and non-perishable food items have also been donated.
Steward credits Juanette Cremins, an office specialist at EOU
, with coming up with the idea for the clothing drive.