TU students and faculty head to help with hurricane relief

A group of Tiffin University students and faculty are again taking their time to help those in need following the devastating hurricane that hit North Carolina.

According to Mike Herdlick, dean of students at TU, much of the southern part of the Outerbanks was devastated by the hurricane and efforts to restore basic functions and a normal life routine continue to be challenges.

This is the third year students have taken up action to help those in need. Herdlick said he put out a notice to students interested in helping. Those who were interested were then tasked with writing an essay on why they should be allowed to attend the trip.

“It is not going to be an easy trip,” Herdlick said. “Students should not go to just go.”

There will be about 11 individuals who will be on the trip. Of the students who will be traveling in the group are junior Corrina Haynes, Caylee Creeger and seniors Ryan Harris, Autumn Cooper and Stephanie Fernandez.

“It is easy to forget to help others when dealing with school and other responsibilities,” Harris said. “I’m working on being the best I can be and putting others’ needs before my own.”

Fernandez said her former community lost their homes during a hurricane in the past.

“It is scary to have been through something similar,” she said. “I’ve seen others step up and open their homes. It’s beautiful to be a part of something like this.”

So many students step up and help the local community and on campus, Cooper said.

“It is important for us to go out and do bigger things,” she said. “I love giving back.”

The group will be traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday break to help the students of the small school on Ocracoke Island. In order to help students are seeking donations of any school or art supplies – or even sports equipment. Those interested in donating can drop off any goods or products to Herdlick’s office in Gillmor Student Center.

Other than donations, the students are selling Tiffin University flags for $25. These flags were the former banners that were on Miami Street throughout campus.

“This is something not many students can experience on other campuses,” Harris said. “The event is unfortunate, but the holiday is about giving back.”

Creeger said if this community was in similar circumstances, she hopes others would step up and help like they are.

“We are already a family here,” Creeger said. It is our time to help others in their time of need.”

For more information or to donate, contact Mike Herdlick at herdlickm@tiffin.edu.