Student Rallies Community to Support Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Posted by on June 13, 2013

The good in people often shines through when we, as a society, are facing tragedy. With the devastation that resulted from the tornadoes that hit Oklahoma in late May and the subsequent flooding that followed, one Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee student, along with her two sisters, took it upon themselves to organize a donation drive to support the victims of the disaster. Brandie Shackelton, a criminal justice degree student, opened the donation drive to both the campus and the local community.

Minnesota School of Business Oklahoma tornado donation drive

Brandie Shackelton (middle) with her sisters, Kellie (left) and Rachel (right)

With the help of Minnesota School of Business staff, donations were collected through Saturday, June 8 at both the Lakeville and Shakopee campuses. In an attempt to garner more donations, Minnesota School of Business staff hung up flyers throughout the local community, promoted the drive through social media and reached out to students and faculty.

Donated items include:

  • Accessories – bedding, pillows, hairbrushes
  • Baby supplies – formula, baby food, diapers, toys
  • Clothing – shirts, pants, socks, jackets
  • Water

Both the Lakeville and Shakopee campuses saw the donation bins fill up with a variety of supplies.

“The reason my sisters and I put together the Oklahoma drive is that it is just the right thing to do,” Shackelton said. “When people are down on their luck, we like to be there to help. Although it was not a tornado that took everything from my sisters and I, we have been through hard times ourselves and sometimes you just need to pay it forward. There is no better feeling than to give to people in need.”

Minnesota School of Business Oklahoma tornado donations

Student, faculty and staff donations are gathered.

Brandie and her sisters will make the trip to Oklahoma to deliver the donations in person to Feed the Children and the Salvation Army by Sunday, June 16. The organizations will then distribute the donations to those most in need in the affected areas.

Brandie took Minnesota School of Business’ “We Care” philosophy to heart in a very tangible way. Brandie was able to motivate a community to give back and help those in need. Her work is truly commendable and we are proud to support her!


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