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COS participates in drought project

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乐动体育College of the Sequoias participated with United Way of Tulare County and the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in a drought relief project.

All three organizations on Friday picked up cases filled with gallons of water at the old American Ambulance house on East Cameron Street in Hanford. Adventist Health donated 156 cases of water for the project. The water will go to students and to people whose homes have lost wells in the drought.

Cynthia Norvall, a nurse at COS, said she reached out to Adventist Health to see if they would donate some cases of water to help with the project.

乐动体育Twenty-eight cases of water are going to the COS campus in Visalia, which acts as the main hub for the school’s giant pantry that offers free food to students who do not have access to a stable food source.

乐动体育United Way and CSET are going to take the remaining cases of water to the Drought Resource Center in Porterville.

乐动体育“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students because there is a significant need [for water],” Norvall said. “The kids will really be able to use it.”

Norvall said students come into the health center daily for a snack and sometimes those students are homeless and do not have a stable food source.

“One of the components [for the giant pantry] is always having water available for students,” Norvall said.

She said tap water is not always tasty, so they try to provide students—especially student athletes—with fresh water.

乐动体育Norvall said the main pantry in Visalia will distribute water to the Tulare and Hanford campuses upon request.

“There are so many good things that are going to come out through this partnership,” Norvall said. “Adventist Health is being so generous with this resource.”

United Way of Tulare County water scheduler David De La Cruz said he was excited that Norvall reached out to him for the project.

“Any bit [of water] is going to help especially with the drought right now,” De La Cruz said. “We’re very grateful to jump on the opportunity.”

De La Cruz said the organization is currently helping 580 homes in Porterville to receive water.

“It’s a program that we had going on for about a year,” he said. “We are going to start seeing a lot of people with their wells drying up.”

Annette Burgos, Adventist Health/Central Valley Network administrative coordinator for emergency preparedness, said she was eager to get on board with the project.

“Adventist Health is really about taking care of our community,” Burgos said.

Norvall anticipates that this will be an ongoing project in the future.

“It all worked out,” Norvall said. “[The water] has a home and it will be gone.”

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