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Donations sought for victims of Hurricane Mitch

November 11, 1998

Several Tri-State area groups are lending their support to victims of Hurricane Mitch.

The Lost Dog Coffee in Shepherdstown, W.Va., is operating a food, cash and clothing drive for the people of Central America.

"There is a great need for infant ready-to-feed formula, nonperishable foods like rice and beans, and clothing," said Garth Janssen, co-owner.

Monetary donations can be placed in an account established for Hurricane Mitch victims at all branches of Jefferson Security Bank.

"We wanted to do this for these people who work so hard to bring us coffee," Janssen said.

In Franklin County, Pa., two churches that plan to send Hurricane Mitch relief kits to Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador are asking for help from the community.

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Marion Mennonite Church in Marion, Pa., and Cedar Grove Mennonite Church in Greencastle, Pa., want to help the Mennonite Central Committee ship out 10,000 of the kits next week.

Officials ask those who wish to help to fill a 5-gallon pail with a lid or a sturdy box with the following items: two wide-toothed combs, six new adult toothbrushes, two large tubes of toothpaste, one package of feminine napkins, one 100-tablet bottle of aspirin, one bottle of expectorant cough syrup, two lightweight bath towels, four bars of antibacterial soap, one large tube of antifungal cream, and $10 to cover the cost of shipping.

Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon from Nov. 17-20 at the Marion church, 4365 Molly Pitcher Highway, and at the Cedar Grove church, 13343 Williamsport Pike, Greencastle.

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