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IVC computer club donates $300 to American Red Cross

October 05, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — So why were the members of a computer club at Imperial Valley College spending the past three weeks playing with ribbon and glue guns?

In response to the terrorist attacks on the United States, IVC's freshman High Tech Club members decided to raise money for relief efforts by making red, white and blue ribbons to sell to students, faculty and staff at the college.

The 30 club members' work paid off in the form of a $300 check handed over Thursday to Sylvia Preciado, director the local branch of the American Red Cross, one of the first organizations on-scene at the crash sites.

"It's heartwarming to see groups like this," Preciado said of the High Tech Club. "Out of helplessness comes the need to do something."

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The local chapter has received over $41,000 since the Sept. 11 attacks. Several student groups across the county have donated, Preciado said.

Group members decided to make the ribbons after seeing people on campus sporting similar ribbons after the accident, said Cihara Hercules, IVC student and High Tech Club president.

The ribbons, which sold for $2 each, aren't the only community service activity the group does.

Though the club was focused almost solely on computers when it started three years ago, that focus has widened to encompass a large amount of fundraising for the community, said club adviser Lisa Ragland.

While members still learn about computers in the club and get assistance with computer related questions, members also participated in a local blood drive together a few weeks ago. Members are planning to raffle turkey dinners at Thanksgiving and organize a Christmas toy drive for the House of Hope in Calexico, among other things.

"They're really proactive," Ragland said of the students. "They keep approaching me with ideas."

The club hasn't forgotten about itself, however. Members will raise money for a cultural and educational study tour of Florida universities and museums this year.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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