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Bear the Burden

June 23, 2005

Within days of the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami in Asia, Baylor Student Government leaders set into motion a fundraising effort titled "Bear the Burden."

The monthlong campaign announced by Student Congress officers Jan. 7 netted $58,000 for disaster relief efforts. Other campus and alumni groups also contributed to the fund, and several donations were made through the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

The monies were presented to Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides material and spiritual help to hurting people throughout the world. Samaritan's Purse distributed close to 1 million water purification packets and plastic tarps for temporary shelter in Sri Lanka and Indonesia and supported relief efforts in more than 10 countries.

Faculty, staff and students also contributed to Texas Baptist Mission Foundation, a BGCT-affiliated organization that is sending volunteers and aid to Southeast Asia.

The Student Government also is establishing a fundraiser in collaboration with the Waco-based American Thai Foundation that will fund post-disaster cleanup projects in that country.

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