Members of the GCU campus and the extended Jersey Shore community continue to demonstrate incredible faith, compassion and strength. At Georgian Court, we continue to draw strength from God and each other as families, individuals, institutions and area organizations rebuild. We encourage you to continue demonstrate the Mercy core values that our community holds so dear. (Pictured above are GCU students who volunteered to help clean the campus immediately following the storm; the group created a mandala signifying hope from downed branches and tree cuttings.)
THE GCU GIVING TREE, Sponsored by Campus Ministry
Traditionally, GCU Campus Ministry has coordinated a gift collection during the Christmas season and distributed those items to local agencies. This year, however, the focus is different as Campus Ministry looks to help GCU families who lost homes, cars and many other possessions.
Rather than collecting toys and other items, Campus Ministry needs your help to support the GCU Giving Tree, a gift card initiative that continues through December 14. Organizers say gift cards from $10 to $100 would be most helpful, especially if they are from places like ShopRite, Stop 'n' Shop, Walmart, Target, and retailers like Marshalls, Kohl's and TJ Maxx. Generic VISA gift cards are welcome, as are cards from drugstores and stores (i.e., Lowe's, The Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc.) where recipients can shop to help replace some of the items they lost.
(See The Giving Tree video produced by student Jursy Wallace)
"We have a list of staff and students in need, and there are other GCU folks who suffered many losses," says S. Mariann Mahon, director of Campus Ministry. "Our GCU family is used to giving most generously...now is the time for some members of our family to be on the receiving end, and I hlp they will accept our offer of help."
A message for parents from Provost Evelyn Quinn:
November 2---Although some of the GCU Lakewood campus is experiencing a power outage, please know that all resident students are safe, with power to provide warmth, and all are comfortable. Our food service staff, Chartwells, are all on campus providing a regular menu of meals. Security, Residence Life, and Facilities staff are all on campus providing 24-hour service to our students. If any family member has questions or concerns, please feel free to call the Office of Residence Life at 732.987.2533. If a staff member does not answer, they will return the call as soon as possible.
Mass of Remembrance Update
November 7---On Sunday, November 11, we will have another Mass of Remembrance at 5:00 p.m. in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel. Although we did host a Mass of Remembrance on November 4, just days after the storm, many could not attend. This second Mass offers us another opportunity to come together as we pray for and honor our deceased loved ones. Additionally, we will honor all veterans at this Mass, including those in the GCU community who have served our country.
If you cannot attend the Mass but would like to share your memories/condolences, please visit alumni.georgian.edu/mass12. You can also submit prayer intentions or share your story in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at alumni.georgian.edu/alumnigcucares.
November 12 Update from Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry has issued the following list of items in dire need by residents in devastated areas:
- Cleaning supplies such as bleach and mops
- Construction-grade garbage bags
- Hand sanitizer
- 9-volt and D batteries
- Lantern batteries
A Message from Sr. Mariann Mahon, Director of GCU Campus Ministry
DIOCESE OF TRENTON/CATHOLIC CHARITIES RELIEF EFFORTS
Nov. 7---The Diocese of Trenton is coordinating a relief effort to assist those who have been left without basic provisions in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. GCU Campus Ministry will be delivering items to Catholic Charities to assist in the effort. Here's how you can help TODAY.
To date, three distribution sites have been confirmed for anyone in the area in need of food, clothing and water:
St. Benedict Parish, 165 Bethany Road, Holmdel, NJ, 07733
Catholic Charities Emergency Services, Ocean County, 200 M Ave. Monmouth, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Catholic Charities Emergency Services, Burlington County, 801 Burlington Ave., Delanco, NJ 08075
Additional distribution sites will be confirmed in the coming days.
Additionally, a Hope Mobile, provided by the National Society of St. Vincent De Paul, is being sent into the field to assist residents with basic provisions. A call for donations has gone out to help supply these distribution centers with items needed most by residents in the hardest-hit areas. These provisions include: All non-perishable foods, bottled water, diapers and baby wipes, toiletries, paper products, aluminum foil and foil trays, blankets, batteries, can openers, flashlights and towels.
Provisions can be brought to any of the above distribution centers, with further instructions on other locations to come.
DONATIONS Anyone wishing to help support the relief effort can donate online at www.dioceseoftrenton.org/hurricanerelief or mail your check to Diocese of Trenton Hurricane Relief Effort, 701 Lawrenceville Rd., P.O. Box 5147, Trenton, NJ, 08638-0147. Funds donated through the diocese will be distributed to parish-based and other Catholic social service agencies to address the most pressing needs of those impacted by the storm. For more information, stay connected to www.dioceseoftrenton.org, or contact the diocese at firstname.lastname@example.org; 609-406-7400, ext. 5516.
MORE INFORMATION TO COME FROM CAMPUS MINISTRY Additional relief needs will be posted by Campus Ministry. If you are a member of the GCU community, contact Sister Mariann Mahon (email@example.com or 732-987-2600) at Campus Ministry if you and/or your family need any of the items listed.
A Message from Karen C. Goff, Dean of Students
Nov. 6---Many members of the Georgian Court community have expressed interest in assisting those who have been most directly impacted by the hurricane. A special gathering of the community will be held on (find out from S. Mariann) to reflect and to explore ways we can bring the necessary aid and assistance to those severely affected by the storm.
Many student organizations are seeking to hold special drives, and Student Activities and the Student Government Association are seeking to create programs to raise awareness and relief funds for those in need. If your student group is interested in sponsoring any kind of relief effort, please contact the Student Activities office at 732.987.2606
Meanwhile, if you are dealing with any emergencies or hardships as a direct result of the hurricane, do not hesitate to contact the GCU Cares Program. You may call 732.987.2315, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in the Student Life office located in the Arts & Science building, Suite 102. Additionally, student support is available from the Counseling Center, Health Center, and Campus Ministry.
This site will be updated with information as it becomes available, including volunteer opportunities for those in or near highly impacted areas. Please be sure to check back regularly. Meanwhile, below is an initial list of places where you can help, which will be continually updated in the next few weeks:
American Red Cross Penn Jersey Blood Services Region
Monmouth/Ocean County Account Manager
Contact: Susan Holliday
732 888 4741 (o)
215 687 8959 (c)
United Way of Ocean County
732-240-0311 ext. 18
Ocean Emergency and Community Services (Catholic Charities)
732-363-5322 ext. 232
The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
732-918-2600 ext. 241
**Catholic Charities is accepting donations that will help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the storm. Read more at http://www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org/
To request assistance for yourself or for a member of the GCU community in need, please complete this form.