From left to right, HPU students Emma Neri, Trevor Stevenson, Derek Uba, Kendra Bickford and Erik Daniels spent the morning loading 16,000 water bottles onto a truck for delivery to American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 13, 2017 – High Point University students spent their morning loading 16,000 water bottles onto a trailer that will make its way to American Red Cross headquarters and then to the Caribbean for those impacted by recent hurricanes.
In only one week, HPU students, led by Class of 2018 officers, collected 8,000 water bottles for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean. HPU matched their efforts, making for a total of 16,000 water bottles.
The initiative, named “Bottles for Better,” was started by Kendra Bickford, HPU senior class president. Having heard news of the destruction left behind by hurricanes in the Caribbean, Bickford was grabbing a water bottle on campus when she had the idea.
“After hearing about the destruction, the senior class officers and I wanted to come up with something college students could easily participate in and be a part of,” said Bickford. “I knew the university has a water supplier and I worked with them, thanks to their generosity, and developed Bottles for Better.
“After weeks of planning and days of collecting, it was incredible to see students and faculty out in the rain passing package after package to fill the trucks. I am so grateful that our collection is finally on its way to the Caribbean.”