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Susan Pope, a mathematics instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, said the storms that caused devastation in South Georgia last month really hit

home with her. Raised in Donalsonville, Pope knew many people affected by the storm. She said she knew the giving nature of so many of those people and she wanted to do whatever she could to help. Pope, along with English instructor, Matthew Gainous, who grew up in Camilla, Georgia, decided to enlist the help of their Ogeechee Tech family to collect supplies to help storm victims.

Gainous said, “Susan and I, both being from that area and knowing people who were affected by the storms, simply felt as though it was the right thing to do. We’ve lived in and around Statesboro for years, but South Georgia will always be home to us, and home needed help. We knew that, if we asked, the faculty, staff, and students of OTC would come together in a big way, and they did. We were overwhelmed by their generosity, but not surprised by it at all.”  Supplies poured in by the bag full and by the last collection day, more than three large pallets were organized, packed and loaded. They were taken to Coastal Pines Technical College in Hazlehurt, where they were combined with the efforts of the Coastal Pines’ relief efforts.

Ogeechee Tech President, Lori Durden, said, “The constant kindness of our OTC family continues to amaze me. These people are some of the most selfless people I know. If someone needs help, they don’t pause. They immediately get a game plan and they go to work, doing whatever needs to be done. I’m proud and honored to work with each and every one of them.”

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Contact Information

Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
Phone: 912.681.5500 | Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu