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Hurricane Katrina relief efforts

September 15, 2005

Hair salons join national effort



Five Washington County hair salons will participate in a national cut-a-thon Monday, Sept. 26, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The five salons are Sagittarius Salon and Sanctuary Spa, Hair Innovations, Signature, Snipz and Tranquility.

The effort was organized by five different cosmetology associations.

The cut-a-thon will be held in each salon from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.




Salon and spa holding fundraiser



Bella Salon and Spa, 1691 Langley Drive in Hagerstown, will hold a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims Monday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proceeds from haircuts, manicures, pedicures, stylings and massages will go to the American Red Cross.




Restuarant to aid relief effort



Area musicians and Roccoco Restaurant will join together Sunday for a Hurricane Katrina Relief Fun Raiser from 4 to 8 p.m. at the restaurant at 20 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. The event will feature music by Howard Burns Jazz Ensemble and The Blue Comets.

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Staff of the American Red Cross Washington County Chapter will be on hand to accept donations.




VIP Mobility taking donations at Fairgrounds Park



VIP Mobility has a hurricane relief donation dropoff site at Fairgrounds Park. The dropoff site will operate Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and likely will remain in operation for at least 90 days, according to a City of Hagerstown press release.

VIP Mobility has sent four tractor-trailer loads to the affected area. The tractor-trailer, drivers and transportation costs were furnished by Volvo Powertrain, formerly Mack Trucks.

The list of supplies needed includes baby supplies, paper, soap, water supplies, toiletries, canned goods and clothing.

Volunteers for the effort are needed. For information, call VIP Mobility at 301-791-3838.




Middle school holding yard, bake sale



The Campus Life Club of Clear Spring Middle School will sponsor a yard and bake sale Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the ALM Monogramming Shop across from Sheetz at Huyetts Crossroads.

All proceeds will go to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Items may be donated for the sale and should be dropped off at ALM Monogramming Shop through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.




Cascade resident starts relief program



Operation Samaritan is a private relief program for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, founded by Cascade resident Jeffrey L. Gilchrist. The program has partnered with St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Cascade, New Day Ministries Church in Middletown, Md., and Expedited Services Inc., which is providing a trailer for donations.

Donations will be sent to a church in Houston.

Information is available at www.geocities.com/operationsamaritan. Donations are accepted at 25321 Springdale Ave. in Cascade. Donations are accepted anytime during daylight hours. Other dropoff points are in the Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Waynesboro, Pa., areas.




Items accepted at Fairchild building



Donations are being accepted to be delivered to Washington Methodist Church in Washington, Miss. Canned food, baby items, paper supplies, aspirin, gloves and cleaning supplies are being sought. Donations will be accepted at the Fairchild building on Showalter Road through Friday from 2 to 8 p.m.




Mt. Pleasant Church collecting items



The Mt. Pleasant Church of God on Md. 77 is collecting donations for hurricane relief in a large trailer in the church parking lot through Sunday, Sept. 25.

Donations requested include new or used clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, bottled water, canned foods with pop-top openers, baby supplies, pillows, blankets and new shoes.

Pastor Tim Williams is working through a church in Alabama for distribution in Mississippi. He will take the trailer south Sept. 26.

For information, call 301-824-6293 or drop off donations at 24107 Foxville Road, Smithsburg.




Lincolnshire seeking coin donations



A "Coins for Caring Campaign" will be at Lincolnshire Elementary School through Friday, Sept. 30. Students, staff, faculty and community members are asked to participate in the coin drive. The collection center for coins is at the school's main entrance. The goal is $1,000, and all donations will be given to the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross for distribution in Louisiana and Mississippi.




Northern Middle collecting items



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

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




Heritage Academy gathering toiletries



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

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

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