Groups, individuals work to aid victims of Katrina

September 18, 2005

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

The Greater Baltimore Temple and India Forum of Baltimore, Gujarati Samaj of Baltimore, Prantik, will hold a prayer meeting and dinner for the Katrina Disaster Relief Fund at 4:30 p.m. today at the temple, 2909 Bloom Road, Finksburg.

The Greater Baltimore Temple, a nonprofit organization, with other ethnic organizations in the Greater Baltimore area, is soliciting tax-deductible contributions to help Katrina victims. Donations should be sent by check payable to the Greater Baltimore Temple with "Katrina Disaster Relief Fund" in the memo area.

Information: 410-833-1931.

Sykesville Tae Kwon Do Academy will sponsor a bake sale and "Home Show Bonanza" from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at its new location in the Liberty Station Shopping Center on Liberty Road in Eldersburg. The Home Show Bonanza will consist of home show consultants, including Designer Purses, Creative Memories, the Body Shop, Pampered Chef, Homemade Gourmet, Longaberger, Avon, Southern Living, and Link to Link charm bracelets. All proceeds will go to the hurricane victims in the gulf region. A donation of $5 per person is requested.

Information: 410-549-5425.

Carroll County farmer Vicki Carson is collecting hay and grain for rescued horses, as well as money for smaller rescued animals in the Gulf Coast. She also needs a trucker with a covered 18-wheel tractor-trailer to take the grain to Baton Rouge, and large horse trailers to relocate horses out of the Louisiana area. Individuals willing to provide foster care for or adopt rescued horses are also needed.

Information: 410-775-1770.

As a service learning project, Liberty High School students Joni Sheckler and Samantha Prince are collecting diapers and baby formula for Katrina victims. The donations will be forwarded to the Red Cross in Shreveport, La. Donations will be collected today and Sept. 25 at 7441 Brangles Road, and Sept. 25 and Oct. 1 at 6903 Cable Drive, both off Ridge Road in Eldersburg.

Information: 410-549-3686.

The Freedom District Lions Club is sending a $2,000 donation to the Lions Club International Foundation for Hurricane Katrina Relief. The foundation has donated more than $250,000 to Lions clubs in the states hit by the hurricane to help local citizens. The Freedom District club is asking for the community's help.

Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation for hurricane relief can send a check payable to the Freedom District Lions Club Foundation, P.O. Box 1663, Eldersburg 21784, with "Katrina Relief" in the memo section. The money will be forwarded to the foundation for distribution. No operating expenses are taken out of these donations.

Information: 410-549-LION.

Carroll Community College is collecting urgently needed items for the gulf states through Friday at the college, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Health kits will be collected in boxes inside the college's main entrance. Donations will be given to Church World Service for delivery of personal hygiene items to survivors.

Information: 410-386-8153.

Liberty High School is selling "helping hands" at lunches and athletic events for $2. Proceeds will be used to purchase materials for kits to help the victims. Clubs will prepare the kits, which will include emergency cleanup buckets, school kits for all ages of students, baby kits, teacher supply kits, family fun kits and hygiene kits.

Information: 410-751-3560.

St. John's United Methodist Church in Hampstead is collecting relief supplies for the hurricane victims. 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. 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 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 Tuesday 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.

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