HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS OR DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 10-20-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WAYNE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO VOLUNTEER WITH FLOOD EFFORTS

It has been five years since Hurricane Floyd wreaked havoc on the eastern part of North Carolina and people from that area are still talking about how people from the mountains of Western North Carolina helped them. Now, the students, faculty, and staff of Wayne Community College are pulling together to return the favor. About 12 people from the college will travel to Haywood County this weekend to deliver items they have collected for the past month, including proceeds from a yard sale, as well as to volunteer to work in the community.

According to Tara Humphries, HCC’s contact at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC, HCC and it’s neighbors have been adopted as a campus-wide project and they plan to flood Haywood County with goodness. "We are ready to go to work," Humphries wrote in a recent email. "We understand and care. We have been through the same thing and want to do our part to help."

The volunteers from Wayne Community College will be unloading a truckload of donations for HCC students, faculty and staff that were affected on Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. The donations range from office, school supplies, and textbooks to furniture, clothing, and baby items. Haywood Baptist Association will be guiding their work effort and housing them overnight.

The faculty and staff members of HCC raised $2000 for their students and fellow employees who experienced loss during the recent floods. Gaston College in Dallas, NC and a church in South Carolina also made donations to those affected at HCC.

"The outpouring of generosity of our sister colleges is heartwarming," Dr. Janice Gilliam, HCC Vice President of Student Services said. "Some good can come out of this disaster."

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