Western Bookstore Donates to Flood Relief
By Greg Smith - GUNNISON, Colo., Sept. 19, 2013 – Nearly everyone at Western State Colorado University has been touched in some way by the recent inundation of northeast Colorado. Some have families in the Denver, Boulder or Lyons areas. Others have friends who have been washed out.
Western Bookstore manager Teri Haus is not immune. She has a cousin in Lyons, and a son at school in Sterling. But she says what really prompted her into action was television reports showing scenes of devastation afflicting fellow Coloradans.
“These poor people,” Haus says. “They’ve lost everything. Many don’t even have safe water to drink. … And winter’s coming.”
Moreover, Haus has had a few problems of her own, with Western changing its official logo twice in a year’s time. This has given her a storeroom stacked with outdated – but still very useful and new – merchandise. It didn’t take her long to figure out a win-win situation that warms the heart – and some chilled flood victims, too.
She and her staff collected a variety of merchandise and began boxing it to ship north. Among the items bearing the old WSCU logo are:
- 30 Filtering Guzzy water bottles
- Ball caps
- Winter hats with earflaps
- Baby Blankets
“We would have to get rid of this stuff anyway,” she explains. “But it’s so much better to know it’s going to a good purpose.”
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