UNL Black Student Union prepares care packages for families in need

Some local students have stepped up to provide for those in need, creating care packages with all the necessities.

Some local students have stepped up to provide for those in need, creating care packages with all the necessities.

UNL students in the Black Student Union are active in the streets, walking in the rallies, but they’re also creating care packages, giving back to the community that is right next to the university.

“We were like what do we do?” says Batool Ibrahim, president of BSU. “ Like we’re tired of going to protests and just simply saying his name, saying her name. Like what do we do outside of that? How do we spark change?”
So the UNL Black Student Union got to work making care bags and point out there is no summer break this year.

“As students and black citizens, we don’t necessarily get that luxury,” says Aiah Nour. “Not this summer, seeing everything that’s going on with COVID-19, the racial tensions, all the violence that’s happening against our own people. So, this was something we felt like we needed to do.”

The BSU has received forms and says it is hard for families that live North of O street to get everyday necessities.
“The lack of grocery stores, the lack of grocery stores, the lack of hospitals in certain neighborhoods,” said Nour. “So, sparking conversations and making those conversations had at the university level, at the national level, at the local level. Making sure that city officials understand that the problem is so big that we students are recognizing do this while we are busy with school.”

The organization is asking for volunteers as the responses and donations rise in support of their cause.
“Our donations have today have reached about $14,000 and along with that, the google form responses have increased,” says Batool. “So we’ve helped almost 40 families and every single day we’re getting new responses.”

“It’s important to recognize that the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests happening and these care bags are not isolated,” says Bousaina Ibrahim. “That nurturing and healing and providing for our community is still an active protest.”
And these ladies say that the organization will continue to be active not just in Lincoln but in Omaha, giving back as well as speaking out about violence against Black communities.

To sign up visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIS8VqFAueYysduB6Ps24SrIX5oifpbmTqNboH5LALP05ZRg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1 

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