Community Answers UNO Needs

Two days after a devastating fire at a UNO dorm, more than 40 students are still trying to put their lives back together. Those students are getting help, thanks to the community.

Katherine Keiser is a counselor at UNO who runs the Maverick Food Pantry and she’s been busy with donations.

“Other people from Omaha have been calling and asking, ‘what do you need? How do we help?’” she said. “So our donations have definitely picked up in the last week.”

The fire that destroyed the dorm on Wednesday left many students with nothing. Now, the community is coming together for them, making donations of food and even toiletry items.

The food bank has been filling up bags with simple items like corn and apple sauce. They may not seem like much but for a student who has lost everything in a fire, they mean a lot.

And other University of Nebraska students are also helping. On top of food, residence hall associations in both Lincoln and Omaha have joined forces raising money. Each of the 42 displaced students will get $100 on a gift card.

Director of University Housing, Bill Pickett, said, “Peer campuses realized that there was a need and they took it upon themselves to figure out ways to help. And it kind of just shows the kind of support we have through the whole state.”

UNO was excited about a particular donation Friday. Werner Enterprises donated more than 30 boxes of supplies for students.


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