Dear Ursuline Academy Community,
We have all been riveted by the unfolding crisis of Hurricane Harvey as it wreaks havoc on our Texas coast. As a result of this storm, the City of Dallas is currently housing a number of evacuees who have left south Texas due to damage to their homes.
I know your hearts are longing to reach out and help, and we all want to bring succor to those who are here under such uncertain and unsettling circumstances. Ursuline will host a collection for donated goods in response to requests from local agencies serving the evacuees.
For the next three mornings, with the help of student volunteers, we will collect items in St. Ursula during morning dropoff times. We will transport these donated items to the Harvey-designated temporary drop location for Trusted World, who is distributing items to local shelters and will continue to help provide relief to people in the affected areas.
For Ursuline's drive, we will collect items by grade level:
- Seniors: feminine hygiene products and various toiletries (deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors, shampoo, conditioner, brushes/combs, hair ties, lotion, toothpaste/toothbrushes, dental floss, soap, etc.)
- Juniors: non-perishable food items such as cans of tuna, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, chips, nuts, raisins, multi snack packs, protein bars, etc.
- Sophomores: diapers, wipes, formula
- Freshmen: new underwear and socks for all age groups
For those members of the community who do not have a connection to a particular class, any of the above items would be welcome.
Morning dropoff times in St. Ursula are as follows:
Wednesday 8:00 - 8:40 a.m.
Thursday 8:45 - 9:20 a.m.
Friday 8:00 - 8:40 a.m.
I am moved by the number of students who have reached out to us to let us know they are ready to put Serviam into action.
We will continue to monitor the emerging needs and will let you know as further opportunities arise. These could include welcoming displaced students on a temporary basis or working on service projects in south Texas at a later date. The affected communities will be assessing their situations, and we will be ready to serve further as we learn more.
The donations will be helpful to those in need, and, above all, your prayers will also provide comfort.