Catawba College Students Will Spend Fall Break in Pascagoula, Mississippi On Hurricane Relief Efforts
October 21, 2005
Twenty-two Catawba College students, along with several staff and faculty members, will spend their fall break providing hurricane relief efforts to residents in the Pascagoula, Mississippi area. Pascagoula is a city in the Gulf Coast region which has been adopted by the City of Salisbury.
Emily Gross, director of Catawba’s Academic Resource Center, is the team leader for the trip which has been financed through on-campus fund raising efforts. Members of the campus community made cash donations as well as donations of cleaning supplies and work tools. The College Bookstore also held several fund-raising promotions and contributed percentages of sales to this relief trip. Cheerwine Bottling donated cases of bottled water and Cheerwine for the trip and Salisbury Fire Chief Robert Parnell helped coordinate logistics with the appropriate officials in Pascagoula.
A church in Pascagoula will be providing accommodations for the Catawba group while Singing River Hospital there is serving as host. The group will travel on Friday, Oct. 21, and Tuesday, Oct. 25, and spend the three days in between on clean-up projects. Their efforts will target the homes and property of hospital employees and other front-line volunteers who have been unable to concentrate on their personal situations due to their work responsibilities. The group will also be distributing care packages to area victims of the hurricane who have direct ties to Catawba.
Trip participants in addition to Gross include Catawba staffers Beth Stipe, Kurt Cribb and Dave Florida, along with students Terri Boyd of Jacksonville, Vt.; Tiffany Cox of O’Fallon, Ill.; Janice Eberly of Ephrata, Pa.; Keri Everhart of Lexington; Eric Finland of McLean, Va.; Alyssa May Florida of Harleysville, Pa.; Elizabeth Foye of LaGrange; Amanda Francis of Franklin, Mass.; Jeremy Frank of Shawnee, Kansas; April Hafner of Wausau, Wis.; Denise Hansen of Watchung, N.J.; Jessica Hull of Westville, N.J.; Kathy MacDonald of Longmeadow, Mass.; Jill Makransky of Penns Grove, N.J.; Melanie Phillips of Cincinnati, Ohio; Jon Plummer of Salisbury; Jon Rhodes of Virginia Beach, Va.; Daniel Robertson of Little Rock, Ark.; Aileen Thomson of Burlington, Vt.; Lauren Weaver of China Grove; Alex Will of Milton, Mass.; and Nathan Wrights of China Grove.