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Bethlehem, Pa., January 28, 2005—Students at Moravian College have raised more than $1,000 in little more than two weeks for tsunami relief efforts. According to Phyllis Walsh, community service coordinator for the College, $1,053 will be donated this week to the Red Cross Tsunami Relief fund.
Walsh said that e-mail messages from students began coming in during the College’s winter break, immediately after the December 27 earthquake and tidal wave that devastated the shore areas of Sri Lanka and Thailand, as well as sections of India, Indonesia, and half a dozen other countries on or near the Indian Ocean.
“Students did all the collecting,” said Walsh of the various fund-raising projects.
Just Born Inc. and Alphagraphics were corporate partners for the fund-raising efforts. Just Born donated candies that were handed out as treats to those who donated money during men’s and women’s home basketball games in January. Alpha Graphics (whose Bethlehem building burned down in a January 23 fire) helped with posters and fliers.
Walsh credits students Lauren Castrantas ’06, Richboro, Pa., with members of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and Gerald McGlinn ’06, Lansdale, Pa., with fellow members of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, as those who spearheaded the relief efforts. C3, the campus community-service organization, also gave the project a push by collecting money in downtown Bethlehem on “bitter cold Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” Walsh said.
In addition to the basketball game collections, students also set up collecting stations at the Moravian Book Shop and Donegal Square.
“Special praise to Jerry McGlinn and Lauren Castrantas, who initiated this effort from home over the winter break and followed through with organization and recruitment of collection volunteers from the student body,” wrote Walsh in an all-campus e-mail.