Students Spend Spring Break Helping Tornado Victims


High Point Universiy HPU Alabama Spring BreakHIGH POINT, N.C., March 7, 2013 – High Point University students are spending their spring break helping tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The trip is one of two alternative spring break trips offered to HPU students this semester.

The students, accompanied by HPU staff and members of Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, have repaired an 86-year-old woman’s home, cleared debris to make room from new houses and sorted through food at a food pantry.

HPU student Victoria Franklin says getting the opportunity to talk to the people they’re helping has been the most rewarding part of the experience.

HPU HIgh Point University Alabama Spring Break“When we pulled up to Mrs. Hollingsworth’s home, she was so tickled that a volunteer team of our size was there and at her service. She thanked us several times.”

Franklin says she was surprised by how much destruction is left, even two years after the tornado hit.

“There are acres of land where there is nothing but slabs of concrete where numerous buildings once stood. While there are countless people working on restoration, there is still so much work to be done,” says Franklin.

The students will spend the rest of the week working on recovery efforts and will return to HPU Saturday afternoon. They are available for live Skype interviews until Friday.

A second group of students in Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, is performing service work in California at Joshua Tree National Park this week.

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