Baylor Law Students Aid Hurricane Victims with Relief Effort
Baylor Law School media contact: Josh Weaver, (254) 710-6681
WACO, Texas (Sept. 7, 2017) – With Texans reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Baylor Law students are stepping up to help. The flooding and devastation of the hurricane have forced thousands of Texans to evacuate their homes and communities. Baylor Law students, working alongside Lone Star Legal Aid, have organized a fundraiser and donation drive to help their families, friends and neighbors on the Gulf Coast.
“I grew up in Port Arthur and lived in Beaumont before moving to Waco. I have lived through many storms but have never seen anything like this,” said Baylor Law Professor Bridget Fuselier. “Families have lost everything. Schools have been damaged. Businesses lost. But the human spirit is remarkable. While surrounded by incredible tragedy, I have witnessed incredible faith and love. We can't forget about these victims because the flood waters have receded. They need our help now more than ever.”
Sponsored by LEAD Counsel, a Baylor Law student organization founded to inspire young lawyers to make meaningful contributions to their community through public service, Baylor students are organizing a relief effort from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the circular driveway in front of Baylor Law School. LEAD Counsel is working with Lone Star Legal Aid, the Salvation Army and the Waco Navy to collect donations for displaced Hurricane Harvey victims. The following donations are of high priority:
- Hand sanitizer
- Face masks
- Protective eyewear
- Brooms / mops
- Bleach / bleach wipes
- Scrub brushes
- Shaving cream
- Tooth brushes and toothpaste
- Feminine hygiene products
“As lawyers, we are often called upon to help when people are experiencing moments of life-defining crisis,” said Law School Dean Brad Toben. “Hurricane Harvey has left so many Texans experiencing the greatest trauma of their lives. I am proud of our Baylor Law students for answering the call for help with this relief effort. These future Baylor Lawyers model our mission as lawyers to serve our communities.”
“LEAD Counsel is focused on equipping us to be leaders and to serve,” said Morgan Blair, second-year Baylor Law student. “When Hurricane Harvey devastated the state of Texas, each one of us realized the opportunity we had to make a difference. We look forward to uniting with the community in our efforts, and hope this will inspire lawyers elsewhere to do the same in times of tragedy.”
For other ways to contribute to the relief effort, visit:
Lone Star Legal Aid: https://www.lonestarlegal.org/
Salvation Army: https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/
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