By Davis McKinney
By definition, a bucket brigade is a chain of persons acting to put out a fire by passing buckets of water from hand to hand. On Friday, Nov. 10, more than 100 students and student-athletes responded to the call to aid those affected by recent hurricanes by participating in the first-ever Carolina Bucket Brigade. Students packed nearly 200 buckets with cleaning supplies to support relief efforts for disaster-affected areas like Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and Mexico.
Both in the Pit and the Loudermilk Center for Excellence, students made their way down an assembly line, gathering cleaning supplies including dish soap, rubber gloves, air freshener, sponges and other much-needed items. The result was nearly 200 assembled buckets, which will be donated to the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and shipped to the areas in need.
“I loved assembling a bucket. It was so easy and it’ll help a lot of people,” said Sarah Grace McKinney, a first-year at UNC. “It’s great to know my school is working to help those who need it in so many places devastated by hurricanes.”
Hosted by the Carolina Center for Public Service in partnership with Carolina Athletics, the Carolina Bucket Brigade was one of many campus efforts to aid those still recovering from the recent hurricanes. “Carolina Athletics is thrilled to again partner with the Carolina for Public Service and to contribute to the bucket brigade project,” Korie Rich, assistant director for student-athlete development, said. “We know that people in our state are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, and our student-athletes are glad to be able to help in any way possible. UNC recently hosted a men’s basketball jamboree to raise funds for disaster relief, and the Carolina Bucket Brigade is another concrete way for us to join with fellow Tar Heels as part of the ongoing relief effort, both in North Carolina and in other areas recently affected by natural disasters.”
The Carolina Bucket Brigade event was made possible through generous donations from Sherwin-Williams stores in Durham and Chapel Hill, as well as the local Home Depot, PPG Paints and numerous Walmart stores.
Though the event is over, donors can still support the University in its response to natural disasters by donating to the UNC Disaster Relief Fund.