$3,500 collected for Texas fire relief

Posted September 23, 2011

ACU students and faculty have rallied to raise $3,475 for victims of the recent wildfires running rampant in east Texas. The funds will be used to buy Wal-Mart gift cards for families affected by the fires in Bastrop, located 25 miles east of Austin.

The Bastrop fires are some of the most destructive in Texas history. After three days of unrestrained blazes, nearly 800 homes and 45 square miles of land were destroyed, and at least two individuals were killed.

The funds were collected during ACU’s 9/11 memorial chapel.

"As we recognize the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we need to remember, and also respond," says Mark Lewis, director of spiritual life and student ministries. "The collection was a community response."

Beyond raising money, students also prayed for victims and wrote encouraging notes to be sent to families affected by the fires, which will be distributed by Global Samaritan.

Jan Meyer, director of the Center for Christian Service and Leadership, says additional opportunities for students to help will b presented soon. ACU plans to organize trips to Bastrop for fire clean-up through Global Samaritan, beginning in October.

To learn more about Global Samaritan's fire relief program, visit here.