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Great Alaska IditaRoll Drive

The Wayland Baptist University (WBU) Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter commits itself to helping the community of Anchorage, Alaska.

Our Student Chapter holds an annual event called the Great Alaska IditaRoll Drive named after the famous Alaska Dog Sled race, the Iditarod. This drive focuses on one important thing we'd miss if we ran out: toilet paper. Every winter we go all-out to collect toilet paper to donate to the local shelter Beans Cafe. For those who don't already know, Bean's Cafe's mission is to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless without discrimination during the day. The cafe uses 150 rolls of toilet paper per day which totals to about 56,000 rolls in a year. As members of the WBU SHRM Student Chapter, we help by seeking donations of toilet paper from students, staff, faculty and local businesses.

The first year our Chapter started this drive (2011) our goal was to collect a roll of toilet paper for every mile of the Iditarod - approximately 1,150 miles. Wayland met this goal within days, and by the end of the drive significantly surpassed that and donated a total of 4,657 rolls of toilet paper to Bean's Cafe on March 14, 2011. In 2012, we collected and donated over 4,580 rolls of toilet paper. Since the need for toilet paper has almost doubled since we started three years ago, our goal this year is to double the amount we need to collect - 10,000 rolls!! Wayland can't do that alone - we need your help.

I'm a firm believer in helping out the community, as I am sure you are as well. I know there are many needs in every community, and toilet paper seems marginal compared to others - but it is still a necessity that will not go away. Therefore, we are going beyond the walls of WBU and asking the community to partner with us in this event. Please join our effort and become part of the third annual Great Alaska IditaRoll Drive.

Please make donations at either the Main Campus in Anchorage or the Matsu-Valley Campus from February 1st to March 28, 2013. Whatever can be contributed will be deeply appreciated. The Student Chapter members, on behalf of the Anchorage Campus, Wayland Baptist University will deliver the toilet paper to Bean's Cafe on March 28, 2013.

Thank you,

Brittany Sogge
President, WBU SHRM Student Chapter #5583

Click here to view photos of our 2nd Annual 'Great Alaska IditaRoll' Drive for Bean's Cafe!

Questions? Please contact:
Dave Rambow (907) 333-2277 ext. 509; email: rambowd@wbu.edu
Brittany Sogge (907) 375-4507; email: soggeb@wbu.edu