Driver wants to use buses to collect money for Katrina victims

September 05, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Like many other people, Jefferson County school bus driver Karen Nelson was taken aback by the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Now she wants to act.

Nelson wants permission to set up six Jefferson County Schools buses around the county on Sept. 17 to raise money for hurricane victims.

Nelson said she wants to position the buses in main thoroughfares and collect money from passing motorists.

The money would go to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief, said Nelson, who has a bus route in Shannondale.


The buses would be parked in the middle of streets and volunteers would be at the front and rear of the buses to collect money, said Nelson, who plans to go before the Jefferson County Board of Education Thursday night to ask for permission to do the fundraiser.

Nelson said she came up with the idea after watching news coverage of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.

"I was like, 'We got to do something,'" Nelson said.

Board of Education member Delores Milstead said Sunday she had not heard about Nelson's idea. But Milstead said "anything that can be done for those poor people" in the hurricane-stricken areas is something that deserves consideration.

Nelson said she would like to get permission to park a bus on Washington Street in downtown Charles Town in front of the Bank of Charles Town; on Mildred Street in front of Adelphia Communications in Ranson, W.Va.; and in front of Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Middle School on Washington Street.

Nelson said she also wants to set up a bus in Shepherdstown, W.Va., at the Martin's Food Market along Flowing Springs Road in Charles Town and one at the Wal-Mart store along U.S. 340 north of Charles Town.

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