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‘Dorm Room Survival Kit’ benefits 100 or more local college students

Bed sheets and comforters.

Cleaning supplies and toiletries.

Hundreds of dollars in gift cards.

Those community donations, and more, have poured in over the past few weeks for the first “Dorm Room Survival Kit” drive to help Buffalo’s neediest students with some of the essentials for college.

The collection drive, sponsored by Say Yes to Education Buffalo and Sen Tim Kennedy, began Aug. 9 and ended last Friday.

Say Yes, the non-profit that pledges free college tuition to Buffalo students who graduate high school, has identified more than 100 students attending local colleges who will benefit from the donations.

In total, the community donated more than two dozen bed sheet and comforter sets; hundreds of pounds of toiletries and cleaning supplies; more than 40 gallons of school supplies; and hundreds of dollars in gift cards.

“Senator Kennedy and his staff heard about the needs of some of our scholars and immediately went to work engaging this community to meet those needs,” said David Rust, executive director for Say Yes Buffalo. “The response to their call for action was amazing and we are incredibly grateful for the support of those Western New Yorkers who participated in this drive.”

“Every student deserves the opportunity to receive a quality education, and with the incredible support of our neighbors, community leaders and local businesses, we are well on our way to ensuring they do so with the sources and tools they need to be prepared and successful,” Kennedy said.

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