Nursing Student Collects, Delivers Goods for Tornado Victims

by Alana J. Mauger

Montgomery County Community College Nursing student Patti Marcus, Gilbertsville, rallied her fellow students, faculty and community to help collect goods for residents of Moore, Okla. following the devastating tornado that hit the region on May 31.

“Operation Fill the Garage,” named for Patti’s goal to literally fill her home garage with donations, soon went viral. Money and supplies started coming in from as far away as New Jersey, Virginia, Iowa and California.

On June 25, Patti and other volunteers filled two large trucks and a trailer with donated water, linens, diapers, non-perishable food, pet food, cleaning products and countless other supplies. She and several volunteers drove the supplies to a drop-off site in Oklahoma.

Operation Fill The Garage was featured on local news broadcasts, including Fox 29, NBC 10, and WFMZ. Patti also documented her journey on Facebook, where she still shares information about how people can get involved in helping tornado victims. To learn more, visit facebook.com/OperationFillTheGarage.

Second year Nursing student Patti Marcus and MCCC Director of Nursing Maria Toth load boxes collected by the College’s students and faculty. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

Second year Nursing student Patti Marcus and MCCC Director of Nursing Maria Toth load boxes collected by the College’s students and faculty. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

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