Asburians Aid in Hurricane Relief

Asbury University alumni and students offer time, money, prayers and leadership in hurricane relief efforts.
Asbury Univesrity students, faculty and staff committed nearly $1,000 to hurricane relief after Chapel on Wednesday.

WILMORE, Ky. — Along with hundreds of other students, Shawnna Ingram ’19 came to Asbury University’s Chapel on Wednesday morning with a dollar bill to donate for disaster relief. The gesture was small, but heartfelt — and together, students, faculty and staff committed nearly $1,000 to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 

Campus efforts go beyond monetary donations. Students also signed prayer banners, to be sent to Houston as an expression of support, and a team is already being organized to serve the Texas coast immediately following finals week. 

Asbury University alumni and students offer time, money, prayers and leadership in hurricane relief efforts.
A team of Asbury students prayed before volunteering in Baton Rouge, La. in 2016.

“We have a lot of brothers and sisters down in Texas who need our help,” said Ingram, who also volunteered with an Asbury group last year following flooding in Baton Rouge, La. “I wish we were closer to Texas and able to help out more, but at the same time, it speaks volumes when we all pitch in to help out people we don’t even know for a cause many of us will never experience.”

Asbury has a long history of service in the aftermath of natural disasters. Last summer, a team of students served in Baton Rouge, La., following devastating floods. In recent years, students have also served in Pass Christian, Miss. (2006), New Orleans, La. (2012), West Liberty, Ky. (2012), Moore, Okla. (2013) and other areas affected by natural disasters.

“Immediately after Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas coast, dozens of Asbury students began asking how they could help and how our campus could serve the people who faced sudden loss,” said Rev. Greg Haseloff, Asbury’s campus chaplain. “Our students have been the hands and feet of Christ during past disasters – from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to the floods in Baton Rouge, La. last year.  The distance to Texas will postpone our physical response until December. Until then we plan to send gifts through The Salvation Army – who use 100 percent of donations to help the victims of this enormous disaster, responding with physical, emotional, and spiritual care.”

Two Asbury alumni — Lt. Col. Ron Busroe ‘74 and Lt. Col. Carol Jay ‘76 Busroe — are leading The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Houston. As of Sept. 1, The Salvation Army has served 94,923 meals, provided emotional and spiritual care to 2,815 first responders and survivors, provided 11,900 hours of employee and volunteer service and much more.

“Response efforts to this catastrophic weather event will be costly and last for years,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, who is The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “With generous public support, The Salvation Army will be here to help the millions affected by Hurricane Harvey for as long as they’re in need.”

To contribute to The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts, visit HelpSalvationArmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text “STORM” to 51555. 

 

Learn more about service opportunities at Asbury.

Learn more about Asbury’s unique degree programs for Salvation Army officers.  

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