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Baylor West update: Ways to Give, Dia Concert to Benefit West Relief

April 18, 2013

To our Baylor community:

We have seen a great outpouring of support as members of the Baylor community continue to pray for and seek meaningful ways to help care for those impacted by the terrible tragedy in West.

Our Own Faculty, Staff and Students from West

Baylor has 43 faculty and staff, 13 students and 262 alumni who live in West. Our Human Resources department has been active this morning personally calling to check on all faculty and staff who may have been impacted by the tragedy in West, while Student Life is contacting students who live in West. Our Division of Constituent Engagement has reached out to our alumni in the area. Please continue to pray for the beloved community of West and for all the members of our Baylor family who have been affected by this disaster.

We remain in touch with emergency response teams and have identified a number of ways in which our community can be helpful during this time of great need:

Blood Donations

The urgent need is for blood donations of all blood types and platelets, but please be aware that the response today has been overwhelming. However, the need for blood donations will continue in the coming days. In our area, the following locations are seeking blood donors:

· Carter BloodCare Waco Donor Center, 4332 W. Waco Dr.,http://www.carterbloodcare.org/

· Providence Hospital, 6901 Medical Pkwy, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today

· Scott & White Blood Center, 2401 S. 31st St, Temple,http://www.sw.org/blood-center/blood-center-landing

Ways to Give

This afternoon, Student Life will staff a Bear Trailer on Fifth Street to collect specific items of greatest need: toothpaste, water bottles, baby formula, diapers, shampoo, conditioner, gently used clothing of all sizes, deodorant, clean towels and blankets, personal hygiene products, shoes and items for children.

Those wishing to make gifts of monetary support to the West Relief Fund may do so through an on-line giving portal on the Baylor University website:http://www.baylor.edu/relief/give.

Dia Concert Moved to Ferrell Center, Benefits West Relief Efforts

Tonight's Diadeloso concert featuring Five for Fighting and Green River Ordinance - originally scheduled for Fountain Mall on the Baylor campus - has been moved to the Ferrell Center, where donations will be accepted to benefit families affected by the devastation in West.

The event is free and open to the public. Cash donations are encouraged and will support the relief efforts in West.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Fort Worth-based band Green River Ordinance will begin its performance at 7 p.m., followed by Five for Fighting at 8 p.m.

Five for Fighting's 2001 hit "Superman (It's Not Easy)" became an anthem after the attacks of September 11 on the World Trade Center and was performed by Five for Fighting at The Concert for New York City in late 2001.

The Ferrell Center is located at 1900 S. University Parks Drive at LaSalle Avenue in Waco.

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