Asbury College raises more than $30,000 to aid Katrina victims

Students, faculty and staff raised a total of $30,512.72 to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. More than $10,200 was received in the single largest chapel offering in the history of the College on Sept. 7, and an anonymous donor matched their funds. An offering was also taken at Fall Revival Sept. 12-16. The funds will go through The Salvation Army for hurricane relief.

Nine different student groups volunteered to help load a semi-trailer in Wilmore bound for southern Mississippi with supplies. They worked in collaboration with the City of Wilmore and the Christian Appalachian Project. Asburians donated clothing, toys, games, books, paper products, canned goods and other items to local churches and civic organizations, including The Salvation Army, Red Cross and to some current Asbury College students from the affected areas.

Asbury College staff and faculty families also made space available in their homes to welcome displaced families.

Andrew McKeown '07, who is completing an internship with Christ in Action in Virginia, was sent to Gulfport, Miss., with a truck capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day.

"Houses are totally destroyed, semi-trailers are turned on their sides and businesses are gone, he said. "People don't have much to begin with and what they have is gone. You can't even get to the coast and the military is saying there is no coast at all. I just see so many possibilities to do more. I care about these people and want to do everything I can to help them. It"s exciting to hear that students are getting involved. We grow as a school and as people when we try to help others. It"s very encouraging."

The College also offered to provide tuition and housing at no cost to students enrolled in colleges and universities affected by the hurricane. Students are organizing a Thanksgiving Break trip to southern Mississippi to assist the needs of local families.

"I would just say how proud I am of the way that the student body and the campus community have responded to the crisis," said Stuart Smith '77, campus chaplain. "We are really showing that when someone has a heart for God, they will surely have a hand reaching out to others. I believe that we will be a part of the solution for the next few years for those in desperate need. The Lord will use our efforts for the good of others and ultimately for His glory." If you know of opportunities for our student body to serve, please contact the student development office at 859-858-3511, ext. 2116.

Located 20 minutes south of Lexington, Asbury College is a private, residential, liberal arts institution committed to academic excellence and spiritual vitality. Founded in 1890, the College offers 49 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in special education, instructional media and teaching English as a second language to approximately 1,200 students. For this release and more information about Asbury College, visit www.asbury.edu.

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