HLGU partnered with DOT Foods to gather and transport nearly 20,000 pounds of non-perishable food and bottled water to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

HLGU partnered with DOT Foods to gather and transport nearly 20,000 pounds of non-perishable food and bottled water to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In the span of just five days, the HLGU and Hannibal communities came together to fill 23 feet of a semi trailer with food and water that was delivered to the American Red Cross.

The project was organized by nursing student Delores Hanniford and the Craigmiles School of Nursing.

After experiencing a devastating house fire three years ago, Hanniford is no stranger to loss and was therefore compelled to help those in need just as others once helped her.

“The food drive went really well!” said Hanniford. “The victims of these disasters will be so grateful for what our community came together to give!”

Dr. Anne Riggs, director of the Craigmiles School of Nursing, said, “The food drive was a huge success, bringing together the HLGU family, community and local businesses for a great cause. The drive, organized by one of our nursing students, demonstrates the level of compassion and caring that dovetails into our school motto ‘knowledge for service.’”

The trailer was parked on the campus of HLGU Sept. 11-15, and was driven to Red Cross headquarters in Peoria, Ill., by Hanniford’s father, Kevin Patrick of Kevin Patrick Trucking.