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May 2, 2013

School students pitch in for West relief

Corsicana — The residents of Texas are not likely to forget the significance of April 17 at 7:50 p.m. any time soon. The explosion in West devastated that tiny town and sent ripples of compassion outward, almost immediately.

The morning of April 18, Kathi McMullan, principal of Agape Christian Academy, announced to the student body that the school would collectively donate as many packages of diapers as could be collected in 48 hours.

Before time could expire on the collection effort, the word coming from relief agencies and West itself was “no more goods,” the outpouring from Texas and the nation was astounding.

The only thing left to give was cash.

“We certainly understand the concept of tithing and giving of one’s resources,” said McMullan, “But we wanted to do something that would give our students a more empathetic view of the people of West.”

Agape got in touch with the West VFW through one of their members, who was umpiring a baseball game between Milford and Agape on April 20. The athletic director called over to the VFW and arranged to donate manpower for April 23.

A group of 35 went to the West VFW to volunteer for half a day.

“We were able to get their donation center organized to some degree,” said Kristy Goodnight, the school’s associate principal. “More than that, we were able to share in the healing.”

Students met with other volunteers and victims of the explosion and came away with an appreciation of what it means to help.

“We are so blessed that our school can respond quickly when events in our world require us to reach out and do God’s work,” said Marge Cook, grandmother of an Agape student. “Volunteering in West is a great illusion of the type of people involved with Agape Christian Academy.”

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