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Friday, November 6, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 54



Campus Spotlight

About the Cougar

Food, clothing drive helps homeless 

By Eric Sandler
Daily Cougar Staff 

As students agonize over the perfect gift for the fast-approaching holidays, the Metropolitan Volunteer Program is working hard to give people the bare necessities -- food and clothing. 

For the next week, MVP is raising awareness about the plight of homelessness with a canned food and clothing drive.

According to the Star of Hope Mission Web site (, there are more than 9,000 men, women and children sleeping on the streets of Harris County every night.

Gina Rodriguez, MVP director, said the purpose of the UH drive was to "build awareness" and insure a high participation rate in the fight against homelessness.

In its first week, the drive only collected "four big piles of clothes." Rodriguez anticipates additional support from the Office of Campus Activities and other campus organizations, however, in the drive's second week.

"We're looking for all kinds of clothes. Whatever people have available," said Ify Okpalagu, MVP community events coordinator and drive participant.

Donations can be dropped off at the MVP office, located in the University Center Underground.

Results of the drive will be announced Nov. 17 at the Oxfam Hunger Banquet.

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