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EMU responds to need in Haiti


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Touched by the news of the earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, Eastern Mennonite University is making several tangible responses. Collection boxes for financial contributions have been placed around campus, and the school took up offerings during halftime of two basketball games last week. A moment of silence was also held at both games.

Spectators donated $3,464.44 combined at the men’s game on Jan. 20 and the women’s game on Jan. 22. Along with the collection sites around campus, EMU has raised a total of $5,604.44 as of Monday, Jan. 25, to support Haiti relief efforts. Monies collected will benefit organizations such as Mennonite Central Committee, the relief, service and development agency with a long history in Haiti and with many EMU connections.

Collection baskets are located in the Student Life Suite (University Commons), Business Office (Campus Center) and front reception desk at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

A prayer vigil for Haiti was held in the Campus Center Greeting Hall following university chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 20, led by campus pastors and student pastoral assistants. A bulletin board remains up in the Greeting Hall area for persons to write thoughts and prayers for the people of Haiti.

At 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, the Young People’s Christian Association (YPCA) and the Student Government Association (SGA) are sponsoring an event in the Common Grounds Coffeehouse in the University Commons. A group of panelists and storytellers will speak and answer questions ranging from the economy to personal experiences on the earthquake’s effect on the island nation.

An update on EMU responses and related information on the Haiti disaster can be viewed at www.emu.edu/response/haiti.




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