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Advisory: WFU students return from serving the poor in India, rebuilding homes in Mississippi

January 11, 2008

More than two dozen Wake Forest University students spent their winter break serving the poor in India and rebuilding homes in Mississippi destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  The student groups return Jan. 12 and 13. 

Eleven students traveled to Calcutta, India, where they worked with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity serving the poorest of the poor.  The students helped the missionaries by changing beds, bathing patients, cleaning the wards, and feeding and comforting the sick.  They will be back in the country the evening of Jan. 12.

Eighteen students with the university’s Catholic Community and Baptist Student Union drove to Pearlington, Miss., to help in the continuing Hurricane Katrina relief effort.  Wake Forest Associate Chaplain Rebecca Hartzog says the two groups divided into six teams to put up wallboard, paint and finish floors in several homes nearing completion.  “We’re helping people who couldn’t afford to hire a company to rebuild their homes,” Hartzog says.  She says the group was invited to dinner at the home of one resident who was able to move back into his house at last due to their efforts.  Members of the Catholic Community student group will return to campus around 11 p.m. Jan. 12.  Members of the Baptist Student Union will return around 8 p.m. Jan. 13.

Students are available for interviews when they return to campus and can share photographs taken during the service trips.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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