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Members of the La Roche family have extended a helping hand to Iraqi families who have been impacted by the conflict in that country. Students, staff and faculty donated items to fill 80 humanitarian family relief kits. On Friday, April 11, students loaded the kits onto a truck operated by the Mennonite Central Committee in Lancaster County, PA. That organization then shipped the kits to Iraq a week later.

“The Mennonite Central Committee was impressed that a small community like La Roche collected that number of relief kits,” said Sister Marilyn Bergt, CDP, coordinator of community service at the College and organizer of this drive.

The kits contained such items as bath soap, shampoo, powdered laundry detergent, toothpaste, hairbrushes and bath towels. Bergt says her office will continue collecting items for more humanitarian kits in the hopes of preparing a second shipment from the College.

Bergt says this drive is part of a larger effort by the La Roche community, titled “Creating Peace – Person to Person.” Bergt established the initiative in response to the conflict in Iraq. The Office of Campus Ministry and Community Service is now working on a program to reach out to military families in the area who have loved ones serving in the Middle East.

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