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Paying it forward: Loyola comes together for typhoon relief effort

Loyola press release - November 15, 2013

The Loyola University New Orleans University Honors Program raised more than $1,250 in its Typhoon Haiyan relief fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 14. The funds 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 are aiding those affected by the disaster through official typhoon relief funds.

The event featured a thrift sale, a bake sale and an origami peace crane folding activity by honors freshman My-Hanh Truong, who helped interested students, faculty and staff fold origami paper cranes as a reminder of the tragedy.

Students in Loyola professor Sylvester Tan, S.J.,'s first-year seminar class played a starring role in the “Soap Box Orations,” during the event. They put the persuasive skills they learned to good use through stump speeches designed to raise awareness and encourage generosity.

Loyola’s Office of Mission and Ministry is also taking collections for typhoon relief during campus masses.