Hurricane relief efforts

September 19, 2005

Salon holding fundraiser

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

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

Five area 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 cosmetology associations.

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

VIP Mobility sending supplies to victims

VIP Mobility has a hurricane relief donation drop-off site at Fairgrounds Park.

The drop-off 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.


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.

Cascade resident establishes 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.

Donations will be accepted at 25321 Springdale Ave. in Cascade, and will be accepted anytime during daylight hours.

Other drop-off points are in the Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Waynesboro, Pa., areas.

For more information, go to

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, 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.

Academy officials ask that people assemble those items in sealable bags and drop them off at Heritage Academy, 12215 Walnut Point West, on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Humane Society accepting donations

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

Items needed include large kennels; free-standing chain-link kennels; small animal housing for birds, fish, etc.; disposable litter pans and food bowls; sealable 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 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.

High-schoolers raise money for items

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Several high school students are raising money with the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living to meet the needs of senior citizens and people with disabilities in the New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss., areas.

All of the money raised will pay for items such as medicine, medical supplies, durable medical goods, food and clothing, according to a news release.

For information, call Victoria at 304-264-0492 or Taylor at 304-267-8012. Donations also may be mailed to NWVCIL, P.O. Box 4125, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

Fleetwood Travel Trailers joins effort

WILLIAMSPORT - Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Maryland is accepting donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The plant, on Governor Lane Boulevard, is accepting donations weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The items will be transported to a Salvation Army distribution point in Jackson, Miss. The trailer is being donated by Bowman Sales in Williamsport.

Items requested are individual-sized bottled water, sanitary supplies/cleaning, paper goods, medical supplies, baby supplies, diapers, energy drinks, energy bars, dry cereal, powdered milk, canned food goods, dry pet food, chain saws, rip saws and trash bags.

Donors are asked not to bring clothing. Items should be boxed when possible.

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