Marisel and her daughter, Paula Del Valle Torres '18.
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In an effort to support Puerto Rico in its recovery from Hurricane Maria, which smashed through the island on Sept. 20, Hood faculty and staff donated several car loads of food and supplies. They were delivered to Unity in Frederick Friday and are now on their way to help those impacted by the devastation.

We’re sharing an email from Marisel N. Torres-Crespo, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and director of Onica Prall Child Development Lab School. Thank you, Marisel, for reminding us that a little help and kindness can go a long way.

Dear Hood Community,

I am sure you are aware of the devastation in Puerto Rico and how my Island is completely destroyed. Watching pictures and videos of the place I grew up, has been heartbreaking for me. It is hard enough having my family miles away, even harder not having any communication with them for days. Your kind words of support, your calls, texts, emails, helped me go through this.

My Island is gone for now but they are going to stand up again. That’s what Puertoricans do! But we need help in the process and the Hood College community stepped up with an overwhelming number of donations which will make an enormous difference. I am eternally grateful for all of your generosity.

I realized that even though I call Puerto Rico my home because I grew up there and my family is there, Hood College is my new family as well and I feel proud to call it home too.

Please see the attached pictures of all your donations!




In celebration of Hood’s 125th year and to support the strategic plan’s pillar of Strengthening the Hood Community, we’re making an effort to practice more acts of kindness. Log your own acts of kindness at help us reach our goal.

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