Bank launches food, clothing drive to help victims of Hurricane Mitch

November 18, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Bank of Maryland has launched a clothing and food drive for victims of Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua and Honduras, among the Central American nations devastated by the storm.

One of the bank's branch managers, Ammy Chavez of Perry Hall, is heading the drive that aims to collect medicine, medical

supplies, bottled water and food for victims of the storm, estimated to have left more than 10,000 dead and 3 million homeless.

Donations may be made at any Bank of Maryland branch by the end of the month, Chavez said. With the help of Catholic Relief Services and the Organization of American States, the supplies will be shipped in early December, she said.

"Nothing can compare to the degree of destruction at this time," said Chavez, a Nicaraguan native who moved to the United States 20 years ago. "They have nothing -- women are delivering babies on roof tops. It's just horrendous."

The Central American storm is being called the worst natural disaster in the region's history. Mitch caused mudslides, destroyed homes and road systems and all but wiped out the banana crops that help drive the region's economy.

In addition to the Bank of Maryland's drive, other local relief efforts are under way.

Towson University last week started a drive for men's, women's and children's clothing and shoes to be collected until Dec. 11 at the back ramp of Lida Lee Tall Hall on University Place.

Last week, a medical team, the Interchurch Medical Assistance Inc. from New Windsor, departed with 1,000 doses of vaccines and medical supplies.

Pub Date: 11/18/98

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