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Pitt plans to send help to hurricane victims in North Carolina

Jerry DiPaola
| Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 8:18 p.m.
Pitt recovers a third-quarter fumble by Georgia Tech's Clinton Lynch Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at Heinz Field.
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Pitt recovers a third-quarter fumble by Georgia Tech's Clinton Lynch Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at Heinz Field.

More than a team is traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend for Pitt’s game against North Carolina.

Along with footballs, helmets and shoulder pads, Pitt’s equipment truck will haul donated food and other items to help residents recover from the devastation of Hurricane Florence.

It started when Pitt communications coordinator Celeste Welsh reached out to Dave Roberts, operations manger of the Durham (N.C.) Food Bank, and asked how Pitt could help.

“He was elated to say the least,” Welsh said.

That conversation triggered an email from Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke to her staff, requesting items for a food drive.

They ended up collecting one pallet of bottled water, 13 boxes of food, paper goods, pet food, cleaning supplies and more than $400 in monetary donations. Pitt director of equipment services Derek Moos will deliver the goods directly to the Durham Food Bank on Friday morning, Welsh said.

“It’s more than a game,” coach Pat Narduzzi said on his radio show Wednesday night. “It’s about doing what’s right.”

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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