Funds, supplies sought for hurricane victims

October 02, 2005

Carroll County organizations and residents are providing help for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The Carroll Association of School Employees is sponsoring a sweat shirt/sweater drive through Oct. 14 for victims of the hurricanes who have been displaced to Maryland. Items can be new or gently used. All sizes are needed.

Information: sfischer@mstanea.org.

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, La., and large horse trailers to relocate horses out of the storm-struck area. People willing to provide foster care for or adopt rescued horses are also needed.

Information: 410-775-1770.

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. The money will be forwarded to the foundation for distribution. No operating expenses are taken out of these donations.

Information: 410-549-5466.

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., that 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 through the Emergency Disaster Fund, Brethren Service Center, P.O. Box 188, New Windsor 21776.

Information: 410-635-8747.

The county government and Carroll County Public Library are collecting 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. 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 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 Greater Baltimore Temple and India Forum of Baltimore, Gujarati Samaj of Baltimore, Prantik, held a prayer meeting and dinner for the Katrina Disaster Relief Fund and collected donations totaling more than $14,000.

The temple and other ethnic organizations in the Greater Baltimore area are continuing to solicit 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.

Information: 410-833-1931.

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