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WILMORE, KY—A Hurricane Katrina relief team of Asbury College students, faculty, staff and citizens of Wilmore will be departing for Pass Christkatrina-packing05.jpgian, Miss., on Nov. 19 and will return Nov. 26. Asbury College and the city of Wilmore have adopted Pass Christian as a sister city, which suffered significant damage during the hurricane, including the loss of nearly 100 percent of the downtown area. This will be the first of a series of relief efforts over the next several months or years.

The relief team will be working with the United Methodist Church, the Campus Crusade for Christ and Keith Voight, the president of the homeowners association in Pass Christian. The team is made up of 64 Asbury College students from 20 different states, seven Asbury College faculty and staff and seven members of the community. The students have been excused of classes for early in the week and will be forgoing their Thanksgiving Break. Projects for the week will include cleaning out water-damaged homes, limited repair and other clean up efforts.

“We’re thrilled students are willing to give their time to others during Thanksgiving when they could be at home with their families,” said Mark Troyer, associate dean for student leadership development.

Several local organizations helped made this trip possible by providing various supplies or funding: Asbury College, City of Wilmore, WGM, Wilmore Elementary, New Hope United Methodist Church in Crooksville, Ohio, the Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross, Highbridge Spring Water, the Cre8tive Group, and SS Lifeline.

Earlier in the year, Asbury College students, faculty and staff raised more than $30,000 to aid Hurricane victims in the largest single chapel offering in the College’s history. This money has gone to the city of Pass Christian through The Salvation Army.

To follow the Asbury College and Wilmore relief efforts, visit