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Le Moyne College Raises More Than $5,000 for Hurricane Relief Support

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College has raised $5,100 for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts through multiple initiatives this past semester on the campus. The funds will go to Catholic Charities to aid in their outreach to Rockaway and Breezy Point, and to Covenant House to provide temporary shelter to those whose homes were destroyed in the storm.

Half of the total, $2,500, was donated by the Le Moyne Student Programming Board from proceeds of the Snow Ball, which took place on the campus recently. In addition, the following organizations held special events and collections over the past month: Administrative Forum, Habitat for Humanity, Campus Ministry, Physician Assistant Student Society, Student Environmental Coalition, Office of Service Learning, Madden School of Business and the Wellness Center for Health and Counseling.

Other efforts included the College’s Coat and Blanket Drive, which yielded over 100 donations that were delivered to the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach in Rockaway Beach, Brooklyn. In addition, Le Moyne’s American Red Cross Club hosted a blood drive that yielded 71 pints of blood.

“It was immensely gratifying to see the Le Moyne community – faculty, staff and students – come together to participate in this outreach effort,” said Gloria Heffernan, director of the Office of Service Learning. “Our Ignatian ideals of service and concern for the whole person were truly demonstrated by the entire College.”

Over the Christmas break, Le Moyne students who live in the New York City area will be participating in service projects in the community of Breezy Point helping with mold removal, administrative support and food distribution, in conjunction with the Breezy Point Fire Department’s Pump and Gut Operation. Plans are also underway to organize a service immersion trip during spring break.

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posted on: 12/11/2012