When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas and Puerto Rico last August, Thomas Nelson Community College students, faculty and staff stepped up with several outreach efforts. A National Hispanic Heritage month event at the College in September focused on devastated Puerto Rico and resulted in Thomas Nelson students sending more than 100 letters of support to the University of Puerto Rico.
In response to the gesture, the university’s Interim President Darrel F. Hillman-Barrera expressed appreciation in a Jan. 9 letter to Thomas Nelson.
“The letters written by your students communicating the immense manifestations of love and camaraderie toward ours were very comforting in these difficult times. One by one of the students’ letters were presented in a PowerPoint presentation during an activity dedicated to a limited number of students who were adversely affected by the hurricane, and were receiving emergency aid by our Student Affairs Office. During such times, they realized they were not alone. Our students will never forget your sign of support and companionship,” wrote Hillman-Barrera.
“As Euripides once said, ‘Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.’ Moreover, you just showed us the true meaning of that phrase… bless all of you in this new year,” the letter concluded.