JMU Off-Campus Fire Highlights The Importance Of Community
Start writing a post
Campuses

JMU Off-Campus Fire Highlights The Importance Of Community

Dukes help Dukes.

84
JMU Off-Campus Fire Highlights The Importance Of Community

On March 28, 2019, a fire broke out in Southview, one of James Madison University's off-campus housing units. Videos and pictures of the scene spread across campus faster than the fire did. A confirmed total of 43 students lost absolutely everything they owned including their homes at JMU. While all of the students who lived in the building are alive and accounted for, a few of their pets did not make it out of the blaze.

It didn't take long before someone started up a GoFundMe for the students who lost everything. Within three hours, the original goal was already met and the fund was, and still is, trending. As of right now, the JMU and Harrisonburg community raised $80,875 for the students affected. Additionally, many organizations have set up donation centers where people can drop of clothes, toiletries, non-perishable food, and other necessities for the victims as well as hosting dinners and offering places to stay.

JMU is rallying around these 43 students in so many ways. The university itself is working to provide accommodations from laptops to meal plans. Social media is playing a huge role in bringing awareness to this horrible situation with clubs and organizations using their platforms to spread the word of where you can drop off donations and what kind of fundraisers are being conducted.

This is a prime example of the importance of a strong community. In the wake of a horrible event, everyone is coming forward with overwhelming support. It's truly amazing how much was done in just a few hours in order to make sure everyone was going to be ok. JMU is one of the best communities in the world because even though someone might not know one of the victims personally, everyone was and is ready and willing to help. "Dukes help Dukes" seems to be the best motto for this situation.

I'm proud to be a part of such a proactive, supportive, and strong community such as the one at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It's one of the main reasons I decided to come to this school. I can't even begin to imagine what this whole situation would be like if JMU wasn't a strong community. But we are and we will stop at nothing until every single one of those 43 students are back on their feet and even then, the support will continue. Because that's what being a JMU Duke is about.

For full details of the fire, check out WHSV's full coverage of it here.

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe, go here.

If you would like to donate items to the cause, email ocl@jmu.edu to coordinate what to bring and where to drop it off.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Holidays With the Family?

Should retail outlets close on holidays so their employees can be with their families?

268
Pexels

For the past few years, having stores open on Thanksgiving has become a popular trend. The sales have started earlier on the day known as Gray Thursday. Now, the Mall of America has taken a bold stand and is closing its doors on Thanksgiving. They are very excited in giving the day back to their workers so they can spend time with their family.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Black Friday: Explained

Time to question this unofficial corporate holiday.

2748
Flickr/John Henderson

On a personal level, Black Friday has always confused me. Everyone just ate a ton and spent all day with their families—why would we want to go out and vigorously shop, fighting crowds? I totally see why other people want to go do it, but I’ve never quite understood the concept myself. While I’ve been Black Friday shopping once or twice, I don’t get that excited about it unless it’s an opportunity to spend time with family or friends. Don’t get me wrong; I am the queen of bargains. Still, I never seem to have the energy to go out into the jungle of shoppers early the day after Thanksgiving, or even immediately after Thanksgiving dinner. Many people, though—including my loved ones—are enthusiastic about Black Friday shopping, and it seems most other Americans are the same way. So, it’s worth looking at the reasons for this commercially-driven, unofficial American holiday.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

#OptOutside This Black Friday

I am opting to go outside this Black Friday, and I hope you do so as well.

5618
Ross Woodhall

The day after Thanksgiving has always been regarded by many as the beginning of the Christmas season. While not a federal holiday, many people take off work, spend time at home with their families, and enjoy the beginning of the holiday season. This Friday off turned into a prime opportunity to begin the never-ending chore of Christmas shopping. Soon it became one of the busiest shopping days a year, which companies capitalized on by bringing the best deals of the year to this day we know as Black Friday.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

7 Moments You Only Experience As A Night Owl

Cereal never seemed more appealing than at 10 pm.

6929
7 Moments You Only Experience As A Night Owl

There is almost nothing more annoying in the world than waking up to the sound of an alarm. From the moment you get up until the time you get to bed, you are bombarded with responsibilities. You have to go to work and school, run errands, and do favors. But if you're a night owl then you have an advantage of getting a few more extra hours in the day. Here are seven perks to being a night owl:

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

17 tasty foods to cook in an air fryer

Air fryers are becoming a staple in all health conscious households because of its delicious, yet grease free way of cooking your favorite dishes! We all love a good fried chicken dish, but this is a great alternative if you are eating mindfully.

There are plenty of places that sell air fryers such as Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon.

5494
Air Fryed Avocado Fries
Photo by: Tatum Oblonsky

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments