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Muskingum College student and fraternity brothers work
to help Florida victims

SEPTEMBER 22, 2004 – A lot of people lately sit in front of their television sets almost every night, wishing there was something they could do for hurricane victims in Florida and other stricken states. For Muskingum College student Brad Spraw '05, though, watching just wasn’t enough.

Spraw has put together a plan to help. He has organized a network of donation stations on the campus-- in the student center, the library, the dormitories and several other offices-- giving students, staff and faculty a chance to chip in whatever cash they can afford. The campaign is scheduled to last at least through this week, and perhaps two. All proceeds will go to the Zanesville chapter of the American Red Cross, which will allocate the funds appropriately.
“I just really felt like I needed to do something,” Spraw explained. “I have one friend down there, and that bothered me, but I just kept seeing all this devastation and damage, that’s what got me going.”

Spraw is also vice president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, and he enlisted those brothers to help.

"I got everybody to help out,” Spraw said. “We’re going to have people at the table in the student center all the time, but the other collection stations will be picked up at the end of every day and put out every morning. We’ll see what happens.” Before starting on the campaign, Spraw spoke with a national representative of the Red Cross to see what was the best way to help. “They told me that they really don’t want items, like clothing and such, because those things are hard to store, ship and distribute. So, money is how we can offer the most help, and that’s what we’re going to do,” he explained.

There is no goal for this campaign, however, since Spraw and his fraternity brothers are simply trying to do something good.

"I think whatever we can collect, whether it’s $50 or $500, will make things easier for someone, somehow. That’s our goal,” Spraw concluded, “but I have to admit, I hope it’s a lot.”