County workers have launched "Reach Out and Build," a charitable effort to collect building materials for victims ravaged by Hurricane Andrew in Iberia Parish, Louisiana.
"County employees have adopted the parish," said George Beisser, Carroll's chief zoning enforcement officer, the brainchild of the effort.
Mr. Beisser became concerned about Hurricane Andrew victims in Louisiana after watching news accounts showing mounds of clothing and other goods being delivered to Florida.
"There was so much attention on Florida," he said. "Louisiana is so much poorer than that area of Florida. These people have a long-term need for building supplies."
Mr. Beisser presented his idea to the commissioners, who endorsed the plan.
Iberia Parish -- the equivalent of a county -- was chosen after county officials called the National Association of Counties for a recommendation.
"Other counties there said Iberia was much harder hit," said Micki Smith, Carroll's deputy director of administrative services. "We were told they weren't getting much response and had received the most devastation."
Michelle Broussard, executive to the parish president, described Iberia, which is about 160 miles west of New Orleans, as largely rural with several small towns. She said many buildings sustained extensive damage and some were flattened.
Needed are lumber, plywood, roofing paper, shingles, wallboard, nails, caulking, spackling, roof sealant and galvanized tin roof.
The materials will be collected Oct. 21 through 25 at a hangar at the Carroll County Regional Airport on Littlestown Pike in Westminster.
Money also is being accepted. It may be sent to: Hurricane Relief, Reach Out and Build, c/o Taneytown Bank & Trust, 402 Englar Road, Westminster, MD 21157.
The building materials will be delivered to Louisiana the following week, Mr. Beisser said.