East Texas Baptist University is raising donations for the Men’s Texas Baptist Disaster Relief Efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.
Items collected during the fundraiser include bottled water and bottled Gatorade, baby and adult diapers, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, laundry products and paper items.
ETBU Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students Holly Edwards said that while Hurricane Ida did not have a direct impact on campus, the university did strive to collect donations due to the right reminder to pay attention to neighbors and love them as well.
“We find it a privilege to pray and be attentive to those in need, but then provide a way to put that prayer into action and provide resources. This is what we are called to do. do, step into these times of hardship and loss and be the hands and feet of Christ, ”said Edwards.
The donated items were loaded and delivered to the Texas Baptist Men warehouse in Dallas. TBM will then transport the donated items to affected areas in Louisiana, where TBM volunteers serve to respond to needs in the aftermath of the storm. The volunteers have also delivered a half load of water and prepare a half load of cleaning products.
“Service has always been at the heart of East Texas Baptist University and its students,” said Mickey Lenamon, executive director and CEO of Texas Baptist Men. “This huge outpouring of donations again reflects that spirit. These basic necessities will help families in southern Louisiana take their first steps to recover from Hurricane Ida. Thank you, ETBU, for your partnership with TBM to help. , hope and healing to people in their most difficult days. “
In addition to the ETBU community, Marshall Kroger and Dairy Queen stepped in to help with a large bottled water donation and helped spread the word in local media.
“I am very grateful for the continued partnership between the ETBU and the Marshall community as we seek to serve not only Marshall and Harrison counties, but also our neighbors in Louisiana who were so badly affected by Hurricane Ida.” , director of the ETBU Great Commission program. Lisa Seeley said. “The love and generosity shown in this time of crisis for our neighbors is an embodiment of the story of the Good Samaritan.”
Those interested in contributing to Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief for those affected by Hurricane Ida can do so by visiting tbmtx.org/ida.