County residents, businesses help victims of Hurricane Andrew

September 02, 1992|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer

Howard County residents are responding in their own ways to help Hurricane Andrew victims in Florida. While some offer prayers during church services, others are collecting and asking for donations at work.

Several local businesses, meanwhile, are pooling their resources and banking on the goodwill of residents to send truckloads of food, clothing and other items to South Florida.

Brickhouse Farm Water Co., a 2-week-old business near Clarksville, sent more than 5,000 gallons of bottled water yesterday to a Red Cross distribution center in Miami.

"We thought it was a nice thing to do," said Judy Leyse, office manager. "People don't realize how bad things are down there."

Carolina Freight has agreed to haul the water for free, but Brickhouse is looking for a driver with a tractor to haul a second load. The company plans to collect pet food soon and is looking for donations. "There's a lot of starving pets, too," Ms. Leyse said.

All Columbia village centers, except Owen Brown, are collecting non-perishable food and other items for hurricane victims in South Florida. Rouse Co.-owned Columbia Management Inc., which runs the village centers, and the Merchants' Association will accept donations until Friday.

"It's happening in our backyard, and we felt strongly to reach out and help people in our own country as much as possible," said Liz Buckley, marketing manager for Columbia Management.

A handful of pickup trucks and vans are canvassing Columbia to collect the donations, which will be stored in a 2,000-square-foot warehouse. "The response has been overwhelming," Mrs. Buckley said.

Residents can donate non-perishable food, bottled water and personal items in front of the supermarket at Dorsey's Search, Harpers Choice, Hickory Ridge, Kings Contrivance, Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake. East Columbia residents can drop off donations in front of the pharmacy at Long Reach Village Center.

Rouse Co.-owned business buildings -- including Amdahl, PaineWebber, Park View, among seven others -- have collection bins in lobbies for unused clothing. Friday is the last day.

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