Mississippi College

MC Aids in Union University Relief

March 28, 2008

Mississippi College supporters say they've collected at least $2,572 in donations and expect to add to it at an April 5 rummage sale to benefit disaster relief at tornado-ravaged Union University.

The giant garage sale will be in the parking lot of the Baptist Healthplex on the Clinton campus. Going on for most of that Saturday, the event is open to MC faculty, staff, students and the Clinton community.

The MC garage sale is one of a number of fund-raisers happening at MC to help Union recover after a Feb. 5 tornado damaged much of the campus in Jackson, Tenn. The storm did an estimated $40 million in damages. Residence halls, other buildings and more than 1,000 vehicles on campus were heavily damaged. The Union tornado was part of severe weather that day that killed 54 people in four states.

Cam Armstrong, coordinator of student activities at MC, said a number of MC social clubs, School of Nursing students, and other campus groups are helping raise funds. Students have donated at chapel services and the volleyball team raised $600. A car wash in early April and an upcoming auction are among other events to boost the Union relief fund.

MC leaders hope to raise at least $20,000 before the academic year comes to a close in May.

"One of the top priorities of a Christian university should be to serve those in need, particularly in times of crisis," said Chase Porter of Picayune, the Student Government Association vice president. He encouraged faculty, staff and students to lend a hand to their sister institution in Tennessee. Both MC and Union are Baptist-affiliated universities.

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