Lincoln, Nebr. - While local Red Cross officials already had their annual pass the bucket day at the Nebraska vs. Michigan football game on Oct. 27, those funds stay here in Nebraska for support of the local Red Cross. Therefore, Nebraska Athletics has approved a special collection prior to the Nebraska vs. Penn State football game this Saturday, Nov. 10 (2:30 p.m. kickoff, gates open at 1 p.m.) for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Red Cross officials in a Red Cross t-shirt will be holding officially marked Red Cross buckets at all gates of Memorial Stadium Saturday, with all proceeds going toward victims of Hurricane Sandy. In addition to Red Cross volunteers, Husker student-athletes from the sports of men's gymnastics and women's soccer will also assist with the collection.
The last time that Nebraska had a special collection for a natural disaster affecting millions of people was after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Hurricane Katrina was the sixth strongest overall Atlantic hurricane causing $81 billion in damages.
Hurricane Sandy was a tropical cyclone that devastated portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada last week. Sandy is the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, as measured by diameter, with winds spanning 1,100 miles, causing $20 billion in damages.