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SLU Comes Together to Aid Hurricane Victims


Hurricane Harvey prayer vigil

The SLU community gathered on Aug. 30 at the Clock Tower to pray for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Danielle Lacey

In the spirit of Saint Louis University's mission, we are striving to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey through solidarity in prayer and action.

Below is a summary of what the University is doing to help, as well as contact information for those who may need assistance.

Solidarity in Action

SLU Donation Drive

The Division of Student Development has created a donation site for Hurricane Harvey victims in the Busch Student Center, Room 315 this week on the following days:

  • Wednesday, August 30, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 31, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, September 1, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Recommended donations include the following:

  • Clothing for infants, children and adults
  • Baby items (especially diapers)
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, paper towels, work gloves, latex gloves, etc.)
  • Nonperishable food (peanut butter, canned meats, soups, etc.)
  • Plastic and paper dinnerware (paper plates, napkins, plastic forks and spoons)
  • Toys (coloring books, puzzles, etc.)
  • School supplies
  • Medical supplies

Donations to National Agencies

If you are able, we also encourage donating directly to either the American Red Cross or Catholic Charities — both are on the ground in Houston delivering much-needed resources and support:

And, as citizens in St. Louis, we always encourage action locally. Food banks are traditionally very short of food by the end of summer. Consider donating to either Operation Food Search or our very own Campus Kitchen, located in Reinert Residence Hall. For more information, please contact the Center for Service and Community Engagement at 314-977-4015 or

Lastly, and as always, students who need emotional support from this significant and ongoing tragedy are encouraged to ask for help.

The Dean of Students Office, the University Counseling Center at 314-977-2323, and Campus Ministry at 314-977-2425 are here to support student success and well-being.

Employees (faculty and staff) should contact SLU Human Resources at 314-977-2360 for information about the Employee Assistance Program.