Audrey Love

Typhoon Yutu donations are requested

EOU’s Multicultural Center will be accepting donations for victims of Super Typhoon Yutu until Nov. 16. Requested items to be sent to the Northern Marianas in care packages as part of relief efforts (listed below) can be brought to Hoke 212:

Duracell or Energizer Batteries (all sizes)

Small battery-operated fans

Canned foods: Vienna sausage, corned beef hash, chili, Spam, beef stew, Campbell soups/meals, spaghetti or canned pasta, canned veggies (corn, green beans, stewed tomatoes)

First aid kits


Heavy-duty work gloves

Lantern lamps or solar-powered lamps

Mosquito coils/citronella candles (not sprays or liquid as those aren’t allowed to be mailed)

Mosquito nets

Travel-size personal hygiene items (shampoo, body soap bars, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, wet wipes, razors, hand sanitizers, hand lotion, etc.)

Power inverters (minimum of 750 watt)

550 Paracord, 50-100 feet

Towels (shower and kitchen)

By Audrey Love

The Observer

Super Typhoon Yutu hit the Northern Marianas Islands on Oct. 24. The 14-island U.S. commonwealth in the western Pacific — 5,773 miles from La Grande — was ravaged by 180 mph winds in a Category 5 storm hailed as “the most powerful storm on earth this year (and) the worst to hit any part of the U.S. since 1935,” according to The Washington Post.

For 21 families in Eastern Oregon and La Grande, Yutu’s devastation hit home. Many Pacific Islanders in the region hail from the Northern Marianas and have family residing there who experienced either major damage or total devastation following the storm. Relief efforts on Eastern Oregon
University’s campus soon took shape.

“This initially started as support for students, empowering them to help their families, even from afar,” said Bennie Moses-Mesubed, director of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion at EOU. “We found there were a lot of students not only grieving but reliving what had happened (with previous typhoons).”

The region’s Pacific Islander community is also represented in EOU’s student population, and many students — not just those directly affected by the disaster — felt led to act.

“There were a lot of
inquiries about how we could help,” Moses-Mesubed said. “We’ve seen so much support. It’s been really wonderful to see how the community comes together — to embrace diversity this way and showcase the care of
different people that make up our communities.”

Sparked by on-campus initiative, the Office of
Student Diversity and
Inclusion is serving as headquarters for the creation of 21 care packages to be sent to students’ and community members’ families in the Northern Marianas as part of relief efforts. Packages will be mailed in 48-quart chest coolers to ensure supplies aren’t damaged in transit and to later be used as storage for food and supplies.

Donations will be accepted until Nov. 16 in Hoke 212. A GoFundMe campaign has been established to help pay for shipping costs and cover the purchase of additional goods and supplies. The goal is to raise $10,500 — with any remaining funds to be donated to the Red Cross.

See complete story in Monday's Observer