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How you can help hurricane victims

Information on local relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina

Information on local relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina

September 10, 2005

Northern Middle School collecting


Northern Middle School students and staff continue to collect essential items for people in the affected regions of Hurricane Katrina.

During the week of Sept. 12, donations of bottled water and hygiene items will be accepted. For the week of Sept. 19, bottled water and cleaning products are requested.




Heritage Academy packing items


Heritage Academy is organizing packages including toiletries to send to Hurricane Katrina victims.

The items needed include baby powder, shampoo, soap, washcloths/hand towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, brushes and combs.

Academy officials ask that people assemble those items in Ziploc bags and drop them off at Heritage Academy, at Walnut Point West, on Sept. 31 and Oct. 1




Humane Society accepts donations


The Humane Society of Washington County is accepting donations to assist rescuers and animals in the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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Items needed include large kennels, free-standing chain-link kennels, small animal housing for birds, fish, etc., disposable litter pans and food bowls, zip-lock bags, padlocks with keys, industrial-strength latex gloves, rubber gloves, cotton balls, contractor strength trash bags and pooper scoopers.

Donations may be dropped off at the Humane Society shelter, 13011 Maugansville Road, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations will not be collected on Sunday and Monday.

Bowman Sales & Equipment has donated a trailer for the supplies. Humane Society officials still are seeking a donated tractor and driver to deliver the supplies.

For information, call 301-733-2060.




Weis/Cressler's takes donations


SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -The associates of Weis/Cressler's Marketplace is accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Pepsi Cola has provided a trailer, which will be in place at Cressler's Marketplace, at 1075 West King St. in Shippensburg. Associates hope to collect bottled water, canned food items, personal hygiene items and diapers. The items will be transported to the Gulf Coast by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Items will be accepted today and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For information, call 717 532-2161.




Yard sale slated at Finley Park


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Hurricane Katrina relief fund yard sale will be today at 8 a.m., with all proceeds going to the Red Cross earmarked for the relief fund.

The sale will be at Finley Park, at 210 Beech Lane in Mercersburg. Also, many neighbors in the Finley Park development will be setting up yard sales to give proceeds to the relief fund.

Mercersburg Police Chief Larry Thomas will set up his replica "Beverly Hillbillies Truck" so people may sit in it and have their photos taken for a donation.

Phillip's Flower and Gift Shop of Mercersburg has donated helium balloons for a clown to sell for a donation.

A food stand will be set up by a local vendor with cold drinks, hot dogs and sno-balls for sale.

If you have items you would like to donate to the sale, pre-price them and drop them off at 210 Beech Lane. Anyone wishing to help is welcome.

All remaining items will be picked up by a local mission and taken directly to rescued victims who have been relocated to West Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee.

The rain date for the yard sale is Sunday.

For information, call JoEllen Schaub at 717-328-2067.




Car wash and bake sale planned


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Eastern Panhandle will hold a car wash and bake sale today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Auto Zone, behind Taco Bell in Charles Town.

All proceeds will be designated for hurricane relief and sent to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to assist in providing services to members and affected youth and to aid in rebuilding destroyed and damaged clubs in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Eighteen clubs, which serve more than 22,000 members in the affected areas, have sustained major damage.

Other clubs are serving as emergency shelters and providing services to traumatized children who have seen their homes, schools, communities and clubs washed away.

Youth and families interested in volunteering at the car wash or donating baked goods may call the club at 304-728-3143. Adults who have not volunteered prior to this event, but are interested in volunteering, may stop by the club and complete a volunteer application during regular club hours prior to the event.

Members also will host a basketball dunk contest and shootout on Sept. 16 to benefit Katrina relief efforts. Sponsors are needed for the event.




Four-day donation drive planned in Pa.


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster and his staffers have organized a 9th Districtwide donation drive to help the victims stranded by Hurricane Katrina.

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