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News: Roane State diaper drive helps hurricane relief efforts

News: Roane State diaper drive helps hurricane relief efforts

Remote Area Medical’s Stan Brock is shown with diapers donated by Roane State students, faculty and staff.

Oct. 31, 2017

By Bob Fowler
Roane State staff writer

A two-week drive by Roane State Community College to contribute packages of diapers to hurricane victims wrapped up with a pickup truck load of them delivered to Remote Area Medical, headquartered in Blount County.

“I’m very pleased that the Roane State community is always ready to pitch in,” said Brenda Rector, the college’s dean of students.

Rector launched the diaper drive, titled “Raiders for Relief,” after seeing the plight of Texas residents affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the storm that devastated Houston.

She said she researched relief agencies and settled on RAM, a nonprofit medical care organization headed by Stan Brock.

“I was familiar with his work,” Rector said of the free medical attention that RAM provides to residents of disaster-stricken areas.

Students, faculty and staff on Roane State campuses dropped off packages of diapers at designated areas.

The Knox County campus drive was notable, Rector said, because classes there got in a competition to see which class could collect the most. The result, she said, “was a pile of diapers.”

Rector’s husband, Jim, drove a pickup truck full of packaged diapers to the RAM headquarters in Rockford and met Brock. Now 80, Brock attained fame years ago with his appearances on the television show “Wild Kingdom.”

“My husband said they (RAM personnel) were very appreciative,” Rector said.

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