Students lead initiatives for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy

By Nicholas Alexopulos, '03  |  Cover photo by Wavian/Flickr Creative Commons

As recovery efforts continue in the regions impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Loyola students are participating in numerous initiatives to raise money and show support for storm victims.

“Nearly all of Loyola’s undergraduate students were personally affected or know someone who was affected by the storm,” said Danielle Melfi, ’13, president of Loyola’s Student Government Association (SGA). “Whether it’s the destruction of a home or the damage to a community, Hurricane Sandy brought loss to many students and shook our sense of security.”

Student response began on Nov. 3, less than a week after Sandy made landfall, when the SGA announced that $1 of every fall concert ticket sold would be donated to the American Red Cross. Ticket sales to the show featuring DJ Wolfgang Gartner resulted in a total donation of close to $1,300.

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee took donations prior to a men’s basketball home exhibition game, with the top donor winning an invitation to sit courtside for a home game this season and watch Head Coach Jimmy Patsos give his postgame speech in the locker room. The initiative raised $900.

The student initiatives are linked to Hounds for Hope, a campaign run by student, faculty, and staff volunteers who are committed to helping victims of disaster through fundraising, awareness, and spiritual support. Hounds for Hope was established in 2011 as a response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and has since expanded its focus.

“We have the opportunity to come together on campus to do our part for our fellow ‘hounds at home’ as they begin to rebuild,” said Melfi. “No matter where we are, we’re One Loyola—each other’s strongest source of support during this difficult time.”

In addition to many campus initiatives to raise funds to send to the Red Cross to help the people in the affected areas, the Center for Community Service and Justice is researching the feasibility of coordinating a week-long service trip for a team of students over Christmas break.

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