In response to the devastation last Friday's tornadoes brought to communities in Southern Indiana, DePauw University students, faculty and staff are holding a day of reflection and collecting necessities for the victims of the horrific storms.
"These are communities that some of our students and alumni call home," Rev. Kate Smanik, director of the Center for Spiritual Life at DePauw, said in announcing the events.
In memory of the lives lost, and the tragedy faced by these fellow Hoosiers, the DePauw Sanctuary in the Center for Spiritual Life will be open for candlelighting and prayer all day Friday on the one-week anniversary of the storms.
Everyone is invited to visit any time between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for quiet reflection. The space will be set up to welcome individuals of all religious traditions and no religious tradition.
In addition, the Center for Spiritual Life is partnering with the DePauw students who volunteered with the Red Cross this past Saturday to collect non-perishable food items and toiletries for tornado victims.
Collection boxes have been set out in a few campus locations. Items will be collected through next Friday (March 16) so that they may be taken to the Red Cross collection sites when students head out to volunteer the weekend of March 17-18.
The campus collection sites are:
-- The Den, Longden Hall.
-- Next to the Green Center for Performing Arts music library,
-- Asbury Hall, near the stairwell at the door facing the quad nearest to Emison.
-- Harrison Hall, just inside the main entrance facing the quad.
-- Union Building, Room 100 during office hours (see Beth Ann Newton).
-- Center for Spiritual Life, 500 E. Seminary St.
Anyone with questions about the events may contact Rev. Kate Smanik, director of the Center for Spiritual Life at DePauw, at 658-4615 or via email her at email@example.com.