Students exceed expectations in raising money for Haiti relief efforts

Posted February 10, 2010 Abilene Christian University students have raised more than $6,000 for victims of the earthquake in Haiti with a special collection after chapel and through their Bean Bucks accounts at the university dining facilities.

ACU's chapel on Jan. 27 was dedicated to the devastation in Haiti.  As students walked out of Moody Coliseum, members the ACU chapter of International Justice Mission collected $3,482 in just a few minutes. An additional chapel forum was held to raise awareness and collected another $512 in donations.

"I was amazed how students really demonstrated their willingness to give and stepped up to help," said Colleen Ashley, president of ACU's chapter of IJM, an organization that seeks to raise awareness about human rights around the world. "I expected handfuls of change when donating, but we saw many dollar bills being dropped into our buckets as well."

The Student's Association joined with ACU's dining services contractor ARAMARK in a Bean Bucks 4 Haiti drive on Feb. 3. Students were allowed to "swipe" $5 out of their Bean Bucks accounts as a donation, raising $2,720.
In total, the ACU student body collected $6,714, with $3,000 of that to be given to Global Samaritan Resources for a water filtration system in Haiti. The remaining donated money will be split between two other Haiti relief organizations.

"These donations just show how ACU students can come together and make a difference," says Ashley. "The amount collected completely exceeded my expectations."

Members of IJM at ACU plan to continue to raise funds for the Haiti disaster relief.

To learn more about International Justice Mission, visit