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ACU makes plans to assist hurricane victims, evacuees

Sept. 1, 2005

Abilene Christian University students, faculty and staff are making plans to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina though relief efforts and raising funds.

A special collection is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 6 during ACU's daily Chapel. Funds will be used in a variety of ways, including aid to churches and relief organizations in the areas affected and to purchase gift cards to Target and Wal-Mart, which will be sent to evacuees. Some money also may be directed to inner-city New Orleans churches, such as the Carrolton Avenue Church of Christ.

In addition, a hurricane relief collection is planned as part of ACU's pre-game party before the first home football game Saturday. The pre-game party begins at 4 p.m. at Shotwell Stadium, and the game begins at 6 p.m.

ACU's Chapel on the Hill, in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building will be open beginning Friday morning and continuing through next week as a place of prayer for the victims and their families.

Plans are being made for weekend campaigns to areas such as Dallas and Houston where evacuees are being helped, giving students a chance to offer direct aid, said Dr. Wayne Barnard, dean of campus life. Similar discussions are underway about a week-long campaign during the first week of Christmas break. Also, during ACU's annual Spring Break Campaigns in March of 2006, several student groups may be able to travel to New Orleans to aid in recovery efforts, Barnard said.

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