LINDSBORG — More than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew began its path of destruction, the American Red Cross has served more than a million meals and snacks, and provided 97,000 overnight shelter stays to people in need, prompting the charity to issue a call for the public’s help.
Bethany College has answered that call, allowing the opportunity for students to live one of the college’s core values, servant leadership.
"Bethany College's faculty and staff are proud of these students and their commitment to servant leadership. I hope others will join us in praying for the devastated communities and for the safety of our students and staff as the travel and serve,” William Jones, President at Bethany College, said.
A group of baseball and softball Swedes will be departing today for a 7-day deployment in one of the hardest-hit areas in North Carolina. The student-athletes will be leaving their gloves and bats behind while spending their days helping those most in need.
“The effects of Hurricane Matthew are still causing significant flooding in parts of North Carolina and South Carolina. Bethany College students will be helping the American Red Cross in delivering food, assist in shelters, distribute relief supplies and other support to help thousands of people whose lives have been upended by this storm,” said Deb Tucker, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, Serving Central and Western Kansas. “We’re in the middle of a vast response, and our work is far from over. We are so thankful that Bethany College is allowing student athletes this opportunity. The Red Cross will be here as long as people need our help.”
Preliminary reports indicate more than 12,000 homes across four states have been affected. The Red Cross has deployed more than three-fourths of its emergency vehicle fleet, along with 5,500 disaster workers to provide relief.