Robin Diamond said the idea came to her when she was hunkering down at home during Hurricane Sandy.
“I was watching scenes of the destruction and wondering ‘what can I do?’” said Diamond, an assistant dean in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and director of the SAS Transfer Center. “I could make a contribution to the Red Cross, but I felt I had to do something more.”
So she mobilized her students – some 1,700 SAS undergraduates who transferred to Rutgers-New Brunswick for the fall 2012 semester.
And the students responded, en masse, donating around 4,000 items including non-perishable food, toiletries, and other household supplies.
Diamond and her staff have watched with surprise and delight as the donations rolled in over the last two weeks. By last Friday, a room inside the Transfer Center was overflowing with goods.
“In my wildest dreams, I thought we might get 500,” Diamond said. “And all it took was an email and a Facebook post.”
Students, she added, have been very generous. Many brought in more than 10 items. They also donated close to 700 containers of baby food.
“We are getting the bags right from Target and Shoprite,” she said.
And many recruited their non-transfer student friends to join the cause.
The items will benefit the Rutgers Rallies for the Shore Campaign, which is collecting food for Ocean and Monmouth counties.Located on the second floor of Lucy Stone Hall on the Livingston Campus, the Transfer Center assists SAS transfer students new to Rutgers University, students new to SAS from a School to School transfer, and current students interested in taking courses at other institutions. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org