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Kearney residents who were in need as a result of the recent winter storms may have been aided by the actions of students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Students involved with Phi Beta Lambda, an organization for business students at UNK, and Future Business Leaders of America, Kearney High School’s equivalent organization, collected more than 100 pounds of food and 150 pounds of clothing in a donation drive just before the major winter storms hit the region.
The students went door-to-door collecting donations or food and clothing, and then delivered the materials to the Jubilee Center in Kearney the next day.
In the past, the organization has collected clothing and delivered it to the YWCA in Grand Island. For the recent donation drive, however, the decision was made to team up with Kearney High’s business organization, and collect both food and clothing for the Jubilee Center.
Janet Lear, a lecturer in the economics department and Phi Beta Lambda adviser, said the organization carries out at least one community service project every year. She noted that the recent project came at an especially important time in the community.
“This year’s clothing/food drive not only fulfilled our goal of community service,” she said. “It also added to the community’s food pantry and clothing availability. And given the approaching holidays and the storm that came, I am certain that both these items were greatly appreciated.”