After seeing the devastation from Hurricane Sandy two weeks ago, one Corning Community College student immediately began prepping a campaign to help out. Our Katie Husband tells us the story of how one volunteer's idea turned into a community-wide effort.
CORNING, N.Y. -- Just starting school, freshman Jennifer West immediately thought of making a difference after Hurricane Sandy hit the coast.
"When somebody needs help, you try to get everybody involved and what better than the whole tri-county community," said Jennifer West, Student Senator at Corning Community College.
She started at her college by getting her organizations involved with sending a truck load of support down state.
"That expressed a desire just to pitch in and do a little bit more," said Candace Rosing, nurse at Corning Community College.
West added, "So I decided to get the Student Senate and the Association on board to donate a 56-foot trailer full of goods."
They started collecting the non-perishable items, toiletries and monetary donations on Monday.
"And then we'll continue through the 19th, we'll take small donations. Then the 20th we'll fill the trailer with the big donations and we'll head off to Staten Island on the 21st," explained West.
West told YNN she will be following the truck down next week to help distribute goods to those in need, and she's doing it because her community inspired her.
"I honestly was inspired by our community going to help out the cause, and just the fact that there are so many people out there that I hope would do the same thing for us. And I have friends down in Staten Island," noted West.
When West developed the idea, she never thought she would have an outpour of support from the community.
"I started out just one person making a difference and so far, I have the whole community behind me so, it's good, it's nice," exclaimed West.
To further help the relief effort, the Greater Steuben Chapter of the American Red Cross will be on hand for a blood drive on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Triangle Lounge in the Commons building from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.