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Capable of Happiness: Dealing with Disasters

By Gillian Pietrowski
Staff Writer

This semester, we have already faced difficult events. Whether or not we were personally affected or just watched from afar, natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma, left many people distraught and homeless. Last week, the mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas killed 58 innocent lives. Hurricane Harvey did the most damage in Texas, Hurricane Irma’s most damage was in Florida and Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Homes, cars, clothing, and food, which are all things we use in our everyday lives quickly, became something that these people needed to survive.

There are many ways to help those who were affected by natural disasters. One way is to donate money to organizations such as the Red Cross that provides emergency assistance due to disasters. People are also raising money through a Go fund me page that will be sent to the victims and their families to help rebuild their communities. Another is to send food, water and clothing. Any way you can help is more than enough get them get back on their feet.

When it comes to helping with disasters such as the shooting in Las Vegas, we tend to feel as though there isn’t much for us to do. Luckily there are a few things that can help a great deal. Many locals in Las Vegas have been bravely donating blood for those who are in serious need of it. Also sending money donations to the victims’ families via a Go fund me page will help cover funeral costs and medical bills.

Coming together when situations like these occur is extremely important. Having these opportunities to give back can help us as individuals restore happiness.

If you would like to contribute to help these victims please go online at www.,, or choose an organization that you wish to support.

To donate on a local level there will be a Hurricane Relief drive during the homecoming football game on Oct. 14. Donations can be dropped off at the Pratt Recreation center during throughout the day.

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