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Baptists' gifts to Union pass $3 million


JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) — Total giving from Southern Baptist churches and entities has topped $3 million for Union University’s recovery from a Feb. 5 tornado that destroyed much of the housing and caused major damage to other academic buildings at the Jackson, Tenn., campus.

Tennessee Baptist churches and entities have given $1.8 million of the $3 million total.

More than 800 congregations in Tennessee and across the SBC have provided $2.2 million toward Union’s recovery. Much of the giving from Tennessee Baptist Convention churches came in a special April 6 offering requested by TBC President Tom McCoy.

All told, more than 6,000 donors have contributed about $13 million to the cause, leaving Union about $5 million short of its needs.

Despite good insurance, Union president David Dockery said the college faced an $18 million shortfall caused by a number of factors, such as deductibles, lost revenue from student housing and other programs, and the increased cost of rebuilding campus housing to greater standards.

Total damage from the tornado has been estimated at $40 million.