Walk-a-thon planned for Illinois flood relief

September 22, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll government workers are organizing a walk-a-thon and starting a drive to collect school supplies, toys, sports equipment and animal feed to help Midwest flood victims.

Employees have formed Carroll's Community Flood Relief Fund to collect money and supplies for Hancock County, Ill., at the confluence of the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers.

"We're doing this from the heart. We just want to help people," said Kay Church, a receptionist at the County Office Building.

Mrs. Church, an avid walker, is organizing the 6.2-mile (10 kilometer) walk from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 7. The walk will begin at the Carroll County Farm Museum, continue through Westminster and end at the museum.

Pledge sheets for walkers to collect sponsors' names should be available by the end of the week, she said. She hopes 200 people will walk for donations.

Public Works Department employee Patrick Hill is leading the county effort to help the Midwesterners.

"Everything is going very well. We're getting a lot of response from people," he told the commissioners yesterday.

The county is trying to coordinate the fund-raising efforts of different Carroll groups, said Micki Smith, deputy director of administrative services. "When we work together, we can do our best job," she said.

A meeting of all community groups working to help flood victims is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Agriculture Center.

Mr. Hill said he chose Hancock County for the relief effort after talking to Hampstead resident Bonni Crispin, who has organized Friends for Flood Relief. She also is collecting food and other items.

Ms. Crispin, 22, and her mother, Fran Crispin, picked Hancock County because it was near two rivers. The county's population is about 22,000.

"The whole county was affected," Mr. Hill said.

Susan Sewell of the Hancock County Cooperative Extension Service yesterday faxed Mr. Hill a list of items residents need.

"Each and every day, a new need arises, but this will give you a basic idea of where to begin. Thank you very much for your concern and desire to help," she said.

Mr. Hill said he wants to collect:

* School supplies for all ages.

* Books, learning toys and games.

* Sports equipment for teens and younger children.

* Household and kitchen items.

* Grain, hay and straw for animals and seed for next year's crop.

The county also is establishing a checking account to serve as a repository for money that's collected.

Mr. Hill said he hopes to deliver items to Illinois by Nov. 30.

For information, call Mrs. Church, 848-4500.

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