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USD Showers Professor with Gifts to Help Center

Thursday, May 10, 2012

When colleagues offered to throw a baby shower for Emily Reimer-Berry, assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies, she had just one request — that the event collect gifts not for her but for a local center assisting women and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

She also passed along the request to students in her three classes and the result was a shower of needed supplies for Christie’s Place. Following the generosity of her colleagues and students, Reimer-Berry (pictured, left) delivered a load of donations to the nonprofit this week that included more than 1,000 diapers, some 3,000 baby wipes, eight bags of assorted soaps, shampoos and other hygiene products, three huge bags of clothing and more than $100.

Her request to students was timely because representatives from Christie’s Place had just spoken to her Sexual Ethics class that explores moral questions on a variety issues from a Catholic Christian perspective. Kimberly Moore explained the housing, meal, educational and other services the center provides to clients, most of whom are below the poverty level. Martha Zarate talked about how she works with Latinas who are HIV positive to help them get the medical care they need.

Student Kara Waters said she was inspired by the presentation.

“Catholic social teaching tells us that human dignity is a valuable principle that we must honor and respect in our daily lives.”

Reimer-Berry said she impressed by the generosity of her colleagues and students.

“Events like this remind me of what a special place USD is.”

— Liz Harman

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