In the aftermath of yesterday’s storm damage, I know you join me in waking up today and saying “what can I do?” As a starting point, we would like to use my office as a central point of information regarding Samford employees, students, and their immediate families that have suffered significant loss. So, here is what you can do:
- If you or someone you know that is an employee or student has had a catastrophic loss as a result of yesterday’s storms (loss of life, serious injury, a house destroyed or significantly damaged, or any other loss of major proportions), please send me a message with a brief description of the circumstances and any immediate emergency needs. Please send the message to me and don’t “reply all”, and the folks in my office will act as a clearing house to get word to those who need to help.
- If your personal loss puts a near-term financial hardship on your family, you can request emergency aid from our Employee Emergency Assistance Fund, to which many of us have donated over the years. This fund is designed to help our families in situations like this, and is administered by the United Way so that the awards are not taxable income to the recipients. Awards are granted after a review of the request by a committee of our fellow employees chaired by Garry Atkins. Requests for assistance can be made confidentially by going to this link to the Samford Annual Giving web page: Employee Emergency Assistance request form
- Every one of us can be in prayer for our friends and neighbors. Romans 8:35 – 37 tells us that trouble, hardship and danger cannot separate us from the love of Christ and that we can be “more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. That is my prayer this morning for each of you and our students.
Please send me information about any of our people with serious difficulty as soon as you hear about it. It is an honor to serve here with each of you.
Vice President - University Advancement