San Luis Obispo County

Cal Poly students organize toiletry drive for victims of fires in Northern California

Cal Poly students collect items for...

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Students at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo are doing their part to help the victims affected by the fires burning in Northern California.

The students came together Wednesday to do what they can to help -- organized a toiletry drive.

"This is all for the victims of the fire in northern California,” said Daniela Cznery as she unpacked a bag full of toiletries. She is a part of the Board of Directors for ASI Student Government. 

From shampoo to soap to toothpaste, students are filling up a big red bucket.

"This is something where everyone can pitch a little something,” said Cznery. "It’s had a huge impact on students at Cal Poly.” 

Czerny says many of the students she knows have roots in northern California. 

Fires continue to rage on, destroying hundreds of home, and in the process, killing nearly two dozen people. 

"I have three roommates all from Santa Rosa, two of which their houses burned down, and the other is still up in the air,” said Mark Borges, a sophomore student. 

A bucket sits outside the office of ASI Student Government at University Union on campus. Anyone who wants to drop something off can. 

Students say some of the items that emergency shelters need the most are every day things that people need to keep clean.

"My roommates are torn up. It’s so difficult. The material possessions can be replaced but, it’s the small mementos that can't,” said Borges.  

Students say it’s important for the Mustang community to come together and support one another. 

"What they have really been grabbing onto, and holding onto is that their family and friends are safe,” added Borges. 

"It shows how united our campus is and how amazing they all are,” said Czerny. 

The drive ends on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12 p.m. Students will then drive up the items further north to emergency shelters. 

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