Relief truck leaves Towson for Iowa Drop-off points throughout area still accepting aid

August 14, 1993|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,Staff Writer

Also Saturday, a story about volunteer efforts to provide relief for victims of the Midwest floods should have said the telephone number for pickup information in the Westminster area is 876-9358.

The Sun regrets the errors.

At 5 p.m. yesterday a tractor-trailer full of bottled water, clothing, furniture, canned foods and a 3-foot jug of money pulled away from its spot near the Baltimore County Courthouse in Towson and headed out on its mission of mercy to help residents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, whose lives were torn apart by the Great Flood of 1993.

The county's chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A., a national, nonprofit organization, parked the truck on Washington Avenue for the past three days, collecting donations of food, supplies and money for flood victims in the Midwest. The Cedar Rapids chapter of the Salvation Army will distribute the goods to needy families.


"People out there are going through rough times, losing everything they've got," said foreman Douglas Schmidt as he lifted a box of canned goods into the truck.

In its two-month rampage, the great Midwest flood took 50 lives, left almost 70,000 people homeless and caused an estimated $12 billion in property and agriculture damage. About $200 million in damage was done to the nation's rail lines and bridges; 500 miles of highway were scarred; and farmers suffered about $8 billion in crop damage.

The Essex-Middle River Chamber of Commerce is collecting money for residents of Calhoun County, Ill., a rural area with a population of 5,600. Damage there is estimated at more than $5 million. Though Calhoun County residents have plenty of food, clothing and drinking water, they need money to rebuild, said Chris Held, 24, a Baltimore County resident who has family there.

"We are just trying to get everything we can for them," he said. "Even if it's a small amount, the people are so genuine and will be so grateful. These people would do the same for anybody, so why not help them out when they need it."

In the past week, over $380 has been collected for Calhoun residents. Donations will be accepted through September.

Checks can be made out to Calhoun County Disaster Relief Fund and sent to the fund in care of the Salvation Army, 5040 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, Ill. 60630.

For information about drop-off points in Westminster call 876-0833. Call 563-0880 to drop off material in Patterson Park in Baltimore. Donations also can be given at 351 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis, 8005 Jumpers Hole Road in Pasadena, 20 Dundalk Ave. and 2250 Gable Ave.

For more information about organizations collecting donations, call the Baltimore County headquarters of the Salvation Army at 366-4997.

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