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Students to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees, Stamford flooding victims

Sept. 3, 2005

Students and other members of the ACU family will be helping aid Hurricane Katrina evacuees who will be relocated to Abilene and will be aiding residents of nearby Stamford who are still facing extensive damage from recent flooding.

City leaders said Saturday that Abilene may be a location for up to 100 evacuees from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. ACU students are planning to be available to help prepare a location and provide other aid to any evacuees who arrive in Abilene.

In addition, city leaders urged Abilene residents to continue to help residents of neighboring Stamford who faced severe flooding recently.

About 128 ACU students who met Saturday have begun organizing teams of 20 students each to be ready at a moment's notice. Students will begin by going to the Lake Stamford/Haskell area to help flood victimes there who remain displaced. Others will be mobilized to clean and prepare a location, collect clothing and other needed hygiene items and to prepare materials to be shipped wherever they are needed.

Saturday during ACU's pre-game party at Shotwell Stadium, donations for the hurricane relief fund were collected. In addition to cash, hygiene items continue to be the greatest need. Many churches will be collecting these items on Sunday to be packaged and used in Abilene and in other cities across Texas and in affected states.

Plans are being made for students to travel on weekends to work with churches in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas with evacuees in those locations, said Dr. Wayne Barnard, dean of campus life. A Christmas Break Campaign is also being planned during the week after fall finals week. Students will organize themselves to work with churches in Texas cities, as well as churches in Louisiana. ACU's Spring Break Campaign leadership will be meeting to discuss opportunities to focus efforts for the 2006 Spring Break Campaigns on the New Orleans area, Barnard said.

ACU's daily Chapel on Tuesday will focus on hurricane relief and a special collection. Kirk Garrison, former ACU Bible professor and former minister of the Carrolton Ave. Church of Christ in New Orleans will help in planning Tuesday's Chapel. The Students' Association will take up a collection. All donations from the pre-game party, Chapel, and ACU's website will go to a special Hurricane Relief account at ACU to help with local evacuees and with the Carrolton Avenue Church of Christ in New Orleans, as well as other churches involved in ministry to evacuees. >.

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