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Hurricane relief efforts

September 23, 2005

Gala to benefit Katrina victims



Rhonda Gundy is coordinating an effort to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. A gala is planned to raise funds. A planning meeting to discuss the gala will be Thursday at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Hagerstown City Hall in the council chamber.

Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean is assisting with the event and has encouraged businesses to get involved.

For information about the meeting or the planned gala, call Gundy at 240-420-0259 or 301-790-3373.




Humane Society accepting donations



The Humane Society of Washington County continues to accept 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.

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For information, call 301-733-2060.




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 sends 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 www.geocities.com/operationsamaritan.




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.




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.




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



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