OLATHE, Kan. -- A little more than a week ago Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, and many communities are struggling to rebuild homes and access food and clean water so local students are stepping up to help.
More than 350 students at MidAmerica Nazarene University formed three assembly lines to put together crisis care kits Thursday.
Their goal was to fill more than 1,500 baggies full of personal care items in less than an hour. The baggies, which included things such as toothpaste, soap and bandages, were then put in boxes and loaded into a van headed for a local church with volunteers on the ground in Haiti.
Thursday's effort was part of the school's annual, student-led project called Passion to Serve.
"The reports that we're getting is that there is just much devastation and there's always need, even for the basic necessities of life," Passion to Serve coordinator Alison Johnson said. "So any small way we can help share our abundance with those who really need it, we're happy to do that. To show the love of God in that way."
Johnson said they are working with a community called Cascade Pichon, and they actually had the event planned before Hurricane Matthew ever hit.