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DePauw Community Comes Together to Aid Hurricane Victims

September 2, 2005

East College 2005 1.jpgSeptember 2, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University students, and members of the faculty and staff, are reaching out to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Today, people gathered at the Office of Spiritual Life for a 'Time of Remembrance and Hope,' and during the lunch hour members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity canvassed the Hub to take collections for the American Red Cross.

Sunday afternoon, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Alpha Theta and the Committee for Latino Concerns will host a barbeque fund-raiser, with live music, which will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. in Bowman Park. All donations collected will also be forwarded to the Red Cross. hurricane katrina.jpg

Those who wish to drop off monetary contributions can visit the Center for Spiritual Life(413 Anderson Street), the Hartman House (500 E. Seminary Street), or the Campus Life Office (room 100 of the Memorial Student Union building).

"While we may feel compelled to gather supplies to send such as bottled water, clothing, and other supplies, those things will bog down and overwhelm the agencies trying to provide services to victims. According to the Red Cross, financial contributions will have the biggest impact right now," notes Sarah Ryan, director of the Hartman House and the Bonner Scholars Program.

"We don't want to discourage people who want to help," adds Amanda Lepof, an American Red Cross in-kind officer. "But, making a financial gift to support the relief operations really is the best way for people to help after a disaster like this."

The sanctuary of the Center for Spiritual Life are open for prayer and remembrance for the victims of the hurricane and the continuing rescue and restoration efforts. Chaplains Larry Burton and American Red Cross.gifBrad Tharpe are also available. Call (765) 658-4615 to make an appointment or send an e-mail here.

For more information on relief efforts, visit the Red Cross and/or the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

(middle photo: Gene Dailey/American Red Cross)

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