Remembering the aid they received following the devastating flood that hit Grand Forks and the University of North Dakota in 1997, a group of UND employees will deliver flood relief supplies to Minot State University on Wednesday.
“We understand what they need because we’ve been through it,” said Janice Hoffarth, staff representative to the State Board of Higher education and administrative assistant in the UND music department.She recalled how she felt when flood relief supplies from all over the country arrived after the spring Red River flood that devastated UND and the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
“I remember what it was like when those trucks pulled into Grand Forks in 1997,” she said. “You just stood there in awe looking at those items.”
Tools, painting supplies, kitchen utensils, bedding and cookware are among the items being delivered to Minot by UND employees. A local church has also donated Christmas decorations.
A University bus transporting the supplies and employees will be loaded at the Hughes Fine Arts Center at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Hoffarth said anyone wishing to donate additional items can contact her or bring them to room 114 in the Hughes Fine Arts Center.
The flood relief supplies will be distributed to MSU employees and three people affiliated with the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences who lost their homes when the Souris River flooded Minot earlier this year. The items will be given out over the noon hour Wednesday in Room 106 of the Student Center on the MSU campus.
All employees going to Minot are members of the UND Staff Senate, said Hoffarth, who is past-president of the State and UND Staff Senates. She noted that UND has challenged others in the state university system to duplicate its flood relief effort. While in Minot, UND’s representatives will meet with members of Minot State University and Staff Senates.