SAVANNAH — The International Education Center at Savannah State University has organized Operation SHEA, Sending Humanitarian Education Abroad.
The effort was spearheaded by the International Student Association, the Savannah African Student Association, four students who traveled to Liberia last summer and a graduate student from Liberia studying at SSU.
The collaboration is holding a second collection day to gather items to fill an 8-foot by 8-foot by 20-foot container to send needed supplies to Liberia. Savannah State will host a community drop off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.
People are asked to bring items for donation to the main gate on LaRoche Avenue.
With assistance from the Liberian Consulate in Atlanta, the donated items will be distributed to community centers and schools via the University of Liberia and African Methodist Episcopal University, both located in the capital city of Monrovia. Savannah State has memorandums of understanding and has exchanged visits with each institution. Additionally, two students from the University of Liberia are currently studying at SSU.
The needed items include:
• Soap – liquid and bar
• Baby wipes
• Tissue – facial and bathroom
• Latex gloves
• Disinfecting wipes
• Hand sanitizer
• Bug spray
• Spray bottles
• Bottled water
• New towels and washcloths
• New toys (balls, bats, gloves, jump ropes)
• New art supplies (paints, brushes, crayons, scissors, paper, etc.)
• Old textbooks
• Children’s books
Operation SHEA thanks the following committed community partners for contributing to the cause: John S. James Shipping Company, the Grimaldi Group and Comcar Industries.
To get involved, call the International Education Center at 912-358-4152.