County groups, schools offer help to hurricane victims

September 04, 2005

Carroll County residents are providing help for victims of Hurricane Katrina:

A truckload of disaster relief supplies from the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor arrived in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday. The center has also alerted its rescue workers and emergency childcare volunteers, who are trained to assist displaced children.

"First, we work on rescue and then, on relief," said Kathleen Campanella, spokeswoman for the center, which frequently responds to disaster. "We are already gathering items for the next shipment."

The center shipped 5,000 blankets, 540 health kits, with basic personal hygiene items, and supplies for children late Tuesday. The kits contain dental items, soap and a washcloth, a comb, a nail file and bandages. The children's boxes also include a toy and school supplies.

The center is accepting donations at the Emergency Disaster Fund, Brethren Service Center, P.O. Box 188, New Windsor 21776.

The Community Foundation of Carroll County, working with Home Resource Services and several community service organizations, has set up a fund to help with disaster relief efforts.

Beginning Tuesday, donations may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for two weeks at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.

A list of items being accepted is available at Items needed include clothing, over-the-counter medicines, baby supplies, personal hygiene items, outer wear and boots, blankets, flashlights and batteries, bottled water and nonperishable foods, tents and sleeping bags, pet food and gift cards.

Monetary donations can be made by mailing a check or money order to Community Foundation of Carroll County, P.O. Box 170, Westminster 21158, or online.

Information: 410-876-5505; Rosalind Blakey, Home Resource Services, for donations of goods and volunteers, 443-722-8631; Lyndi McNulty, for business and nonprofit gifts and volunteers, 410-876-7939.

The county government is working with the Brethren Service Center to get supplies to victims.

Church World Service is collecting kits of personal hygiene items to ship to survivors. The collection drive will be held through Sept. 12.

The county government and the Carroll County Public Library are starting a collection of items for the kits. Items can be dropped off at any library branch, senior center or the County Office Building.

Donations to pay for processing and shipping can be made in the form of checks made payable to Church World Service and can be dropped off at collection sites or mailed to the Brethren Service Center, P.O. Box 188, New Windsor 21776-0188.

The kits should include in a zippered plastic bag a hand towel, a washcloth, a comb, a metal nail file or nail clipper, a bath-size bar of soap, a toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste and six bandages.

Information: 410-386-3600.

Ronnie Legore Activities Park, a nonprofit organization in the Winfield area, is also collecting health kits for the Brethren Service Center.

The kits should include in a gallon-size zippered plastic bag a hand towel, a washcloth, a comb, a metal nail file or nail clipper, a bath-size bar of soap, a toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste and six bandages. For shipping, $1 can be included.

The park group will take individual items and bag them for shipping.

Drop-off points for donated items are: Westminster Union Bank at Klees Mill and Liberty roads and Liberty and Woodbine roads; Green's Home Center in Winfield; Long & Foster Realtors, 2333 Baltimore Blvd., Finksburg; and J&P Pizza, 2600 W. Liberty Road, Taylorsville.

Information: 410-795-4640.

Robert Moton Elementary School will conduct a "Pinch A Nickel for Hurricane Relief" fundraiser beginning Tuesday. Each homeroom teacher will have a bucket with his or her name on it in the lobby.

Pupils can put money into their teachers' buckets. The class donating the most money will be rewarded with a Mardi Gras party.

Every nickel in a bucket will count as negative 5 cents. The strategy will be to load buckets with bigger, "positive" coins and the leader's bucket with "negative" money (nickels).

The Varsity Club at North Carroll High School started collecting for hurricane relief on Friday. Jars for each grade are in the cafeteria. The class that raises the most money will earn free admission to the Oct. 7 varsity football game. Students donated $289 Friday.

Students at Shiloh Middle School participated in a "Shoulder the Burden" fundraiser Friday. Pupils who contributed at least $1 for hurricane relief were able to carry their backpacks throughout the day. Student and staff donations totaled $4,500.

The Carroll County Arts Council will hold a "Sights and Sounds of the South" movie marathon to benefit hurricane victims starting at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St. in Westminster.

The council will donate the proceeds to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army for hurricane relief.

Tickets are $10 per film, or $30 for an all-day pass. Between screenings, Speed of Sound will play Dixieland jazz throughout the building and on the street.

From noon to 4 p.m., young children can attend Mardi Gras style mask-making workshops and face painting. The cost is $5 per child.

"We're trying to not only make it fun to give, but remind people of the beauty of the South and its people," said Arts Council Director Sandy Oxx.

The films are: 10:30 a.m., The Toast of New Orleans; 12:45 p.m., Preservation Hall Jazz Band - A Night in New Orleans; 2:30 p.m., A Streetcar Named Desire; 5 p.m., Biloxi Blues; 7 p.m., King Creole; 9:15 p.m., The Big Easy.

Information: 410-848-7272.

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