Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A major thank you to Holy Cross Parish and Springfield college!

A major major thank you to Holy Cross Parish and the Springfield College for providing us food and a place to stay. The accommodations were EXCELLENT!

It should be noted that Springfield College was also hit by the tornado. Here is a post they had following the disaster:

Restoration, Transformational Commitment Present as Springfield College Recovers from Tornado:
"“The College has sustained millions of dollars in damage, primarily focused on residence halls in the southwest quadrant of campus,” said President Richard B. Flynn. “Fortunately the structural reports for our buildings were very good, and we have been given the go-ahead to proceed with restoration. Smaller repairs around campus are underway, and we have an aggressive plan to assure that those residence halls that were damaged will be ready for occupancy fall semester.

'We’ve been cleaning up and now we’re moving forward,” he continued. “In the meantime, we are aware of how fortunate we were, and are thankful there were no injuries to students, faculty, or staff.”

Hundreds of the College’s century-old trees were lost, including some very special specimen trees on the Naismith Green. Flynn expressed commitment to planting new trees. “They will be our gift to future generations of Springfield College students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” he said.

Flynn acknowledged the outpouring of support from the Springfield College family. “Moments after the tornados had passed through the area, Springfield College faculty, staff, and students, our extended family of alumni, and many others reached out to the College with expressions of concern and offers of help,” he said.

In fact, students who were anxious to help pitched in quickly by assisting with clean up of the campus, and then turned their attention to serving those in need in the community. Volunteers made and delivered to neighbors more than 700 sandwiches and 30 to 40 cases of water. They also helped by engaging neighborhood children in activities so that their parents could focus on the cleanup.

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