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Loyola students host Typhoon Haiyan relief effort

Loyola press release - November 13, 2013

The Loyola University New Orleans Honors Program is hosting a Typhoon Haiyan relief fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 14 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. to benefit those affected by the disaster. The event, happening in the Peace Quad in front of the Danna Student Center, features a bake sale and an origami peace crane folding activity benefiting the Philippine Jesuit Foundation; a thrift sale featuring clothes and household goods benefiting the Red Cross; and stump speeches from first-year students about the urgent need for relief.

The group is still seeking items to sell as a part of the thrift store, which is designed to raise funds for victims. Thrift donations will be accepted until the start of the sale scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Bring items to the University Honors Program area located in room 112 of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library. Boxes and bags may be left outside the locked door.

Honors freshman My-Hanh Truong will help interested students, faculty and staff fold origami paper cranes to take home as a reminder of the tragedy for a $1 donation. Students in Loyola professor Sylvester Tan, S.J.,'s first-year seminar class will star in the “Soap Box Orations,” putting the persuasive skills they've learned to good use through stump speeches designed to raise awareness and encourage generosity.

Proceeds raised will go to the Red Cross and the Philippine Jesuit Foundation, the official U.S. fundraising organization for Jesuits and Jesuit works in the Philippines. Both organizations have already set up official typhoon relief funds. Loyola’s Office of Mission and Ministry will also take collections for typhoon relief during campus masses.

For more information, please contact Tan.