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Contact: Jeri Kornegay
Director of Media and Public Relations
260-982-5285  jskornegay@manchester.edu

 

Hurricane relief continues to attract generous donations through Manchester College efforts

 

With cash donations totaling more than $15,235 and rising, a 70-donor turnout for a blood drive, toiletries collections and prayer – the Manchester College community and neighbors continue to support the recent hurricane victims in the southern states.

Meanwhile, the campus Office of Volunteer Services is arranging opportunities for students to volunteer in affected areas during January Session or spring break. The campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity also plans to take its home-building skills to a Mississippi community.

In a wild contest among residence halls, fund-raising ranges from penny wars to a spaghetti dinner and door-to-door collections. Garver Hall, which raised $1,300 last Christmas for area struggling families, is a definite threat. The College will continue to gather donations at home games. Manchester College students have a culture of service and giving: Last year, they volunteered almost 10,900 hours.

Sophomore Tarran Day is leading a supply drive in collaboration with Heartland Ministries, which will transport the donations to the regions in need. Boxes are set up on campus for deposits of toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine products and deodorant. The toiletries drive will continue through Homecoming weekend, Oct. 14-16.

Day, who is majoring in psychology and pre-law, learned that Heartland Ministries is sending supplies to the victims. “While there is a need for money to be sent, there also is a need for supplies, as it will be difficult for those volunteers there to buy these supplies,” said Day, of  Tipton, Ind. “By shipping the supplies directly to the areas affected, they can be used right away to cover the need.”

Cash donations for the hurricane victims continue to arrive daily in the MC Business Office, from student groups as well as faculty, staff, alumni and area Church of the Brethren congregations. The Church of the Brethren has a tradition of emergency response and relief efforts and has been collaborating with Church World Service in aiding the hurricane victims.

The Brethren Service Center so far has shipped almost 28,000 blankets, 75,000 health kits, 6,750 school kits and 4,100 cleanup buckets for the hurricane victims.

 To make a cash donation, visit the campus business office or send checks to Disaster Relief, Business Office, Manchester College, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN   46962. Please make checks to Emergency Disaster Fund.  The donations are tax-deductible.  For more information on the Church of the Brethren Emergency Response Fund, see www.brethren.org/genbd/ersm/

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What can I do?

..Give at the Business Office

   8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F

 

..Join the Residence Hall $2,500 competition

   Each hall has its own

   unique fund-raiser

 

..Give at home football games

   Saturdays, Sept. 3

                  Sept. 24

                  Oct. 1

                  Oct. 15

                  Nov. 12

 

..Drop toiletries in boxes throughout campus

 

..Watch for January Session and spring break volunteer opportunites

 

..Spread the word about MC's enrollment offer for student victims of Katrina

 

**All money donations will go to the Business Office for routing to the Church of the Brethren's drive for Church World Service.