Fall break trip allows students to assist with Harvey aftermath

150 students will be traveling to Houston, TX during Fall Break. Online photo.

150 students will be traveling to Houston, TX during Fall Break. Online photo.

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, Oklahoma Christian University and Memorial Road Church of Christ are partnering to take a group of college students to Houston, TX to help assist in disaster relief efforts during Fall Break, Oct. 19-22.

Sophomore Holly Hawkins, one of the students going on the trip, said she decided to sign up because as a Texan herself, she wants to help other citizens from her home state.

“When I found out OC was planning a relief trip I was really proud of the university I call home,” Hawkins said. “I hope that every student and faculty member that attends the Houston fall break trip radiates the love of Christ so others can see the loving God that we serve.”

According to Director of Freshman Experience Kirby Killen, students who go on this trip can plan to spend their fall break working hard.

“Students going on the trip should expect to be doing a lot of cleaning up and manual labor,” Killen said. “Many homes were damaged and will still be untouched by the time we get there. We will help homeowners move damaged belongings out of their homes, strip out carpet and walls, and encourage and support as many people as we can.”

Killen said she hopes students will walk away from the trip with new perspectives towards lending a helping hand.

“I’m most excited to watch our students be blessed by going on this trip,” Killen said. “I went on a hurricane relief trip my freshman year with OC and it was a life-changing experience. Not only opening my eyes to the impact that a hurricane can have, but also how much a few extra hands can make a difference.”

There are 150 spots available for the trip. The cost is $35, and more information is available online.

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