Carroll County aids hurricane survivors

Groups to collect items, offer prayers for victims

September 11, 2005

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

The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County is joining with its members in holding a combined donation drive and interfaith prayer service, "Kare for Your Neighbor: Interfaith Outreach for Survivors of Katrina," today at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

The service will begin at 1:30 p.m., with prayer circles all afternoon.

Students and staff will accept donations of items for personal hygiene kits, clean-up buckets, and kids' kits from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Human Services Programs of Carroll County is providing trucks to take the donations to the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor for transport to the Gulf Coast. Truck drivers are needed.

For a list of items needed for the kits, call Laura Rhodes at 410-871-6373.

AEG Environmental Products & Services of Westminster is hoping to fill a tractor-trailer with donated supplies for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. All donations will go to Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson, Miss., to be distributed to area shelters.

Donations will be accepted at AEG, 27 Liberty St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Badly needed items include bottled water, Gatorade, personal hygiene items, baby formula and baby care items.

Information: 410-876-0764.

St. John's United Methodist Church in Hampstead is collecting relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The United Methodist Church's Committee on Relief has an emergency relief depot in Baldwin, La., which is distributing supplies. The church has asked for bottled water, clean blankets, health kits and flood buckets.

Flood buckets should contain supplies needed for cleaning up after the storm. Call the church for details on items and sizes needed.

St. John's is at 1205 N. Main St. Collection times are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays, and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday. For delivery at other times, call the church at 410-239-8088.

TownMall of Westminster is serving as a collection site for the Red Cross. Donations will be accepted indefinitely at this time during mall hours. Donations may be taken to the Customer Service booth in front of Boscov's.

Information: 410-857-0300.

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

Information: 410-635-8747.

The Community Foundation of Carroll County, working with Home Resource Services and several other community service organizations, is accepting donations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 20 at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.

A list of items being accepted is available at

Financial 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, 443-722-8631, or 410-876-7939.

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

Church World Service is collecting the kits of personal hygiene items through tomorrow. Kits should include 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.

Donations to pay for processing and shipping can be made by check, payable to Church World Service and dropped off at collection sites or mailed to the Brethren Service Center at the above address.

Information: 410-386-3600.

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

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.

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

Tickets are $10 per film, or $30 for an all-day pass. Proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Information: 410-848-7272.

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