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Southwestern Responds to Fires in Central Texas

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    Deborah Brown and Anne Hines from the SU Police Department staff a table in the Campus Center where students can get information on the Central Texas wildfires and make donations to the Red Cross.

Georgetown is not affected, but members of the Southwestern community are reaching out to help people who are

The devastating wildfires that impacted many parts of Texas did not come near Southwestern, but the campus community is reaching out to help those who have been affected.

Student organizations have joined together to form the Fire Relief Effort group and will be collecting money in the Bishop’s Lounge concourse tables from Sept. 28-Oct. 7. Organizations involved in the effort include Student Congress, Rotaract, Alpha Phi Omega, Canterbury, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Delta Pi, Amnesty International, Kappa Delta Chi, Circle K International, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Omicron and Beta Beta Beta.

Student leaders say their goal is to raise about $1,000 that will be sent to the Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance for distribution to families and individuals who were affected by the fires in Bastrop.

Rev. Robert Long  from the Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance will visit campus Oct. 3 to speak about relief efforts. BCMA has been charged with coordinating and distributing all disaster relief funds by both the City of Bastrop and the County of Bastrop. Long’s talk will begin at 4 p.m. in the Bishops Lounge.

Southwestern Community Gardeners are offering produce from the Community Garden in exchange for donations to BCMA. On Oct. 4 they gave away eggplant, basil and several varieties of peppers in the Bishops Loung and raised $116.

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is hosting a fundraiser to support Bastrop Fire Relief efforts on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The fundraiser will feature a concert by faculty members Nicholas Simpson, tenor; David Utterback, piano; Bruce Cain, baritone; and Dana Zenobi, soprano. The program includes excerpts from La Bohème, La Traviata and Cavalleria Rusticana.

Household items and monetary donations will be accepted at the door. All donations will go to The Red Cross to help those in Bastrop who still need assistance.

For more information, call The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504.

The Office of Civic Engagement has compiled a list of all places in Georgetown that are collecting donations and the items they are looking for.

These locations include Celebration Church and The Caring Place, which has been designated by the Capital Area Food Bank as a drop-off location for specifically requested disaster relief supplies.

The Georgetown Project is collecting items needed by Bastrop ISD. Donations for this may be dropped off in Cullen 125 for delivery to The Georgetown Project Office.

Kelly Conrad Bender, a 1992 Southwestern graduate, is among those who lost their homes in the fire. Classmate Duana Welch is coordinating efforts to help that family. 

Lorie Marrero, a Southwestern graduate who is professional organizer, has posted tips about creating an evacuation plan for your family on her blog at http://www.clutterdietblog.com/2011/09/if-you-had-to-evacuate-what-would-you-grab.html