By IVY HERRON
The horrific images of devastation coming from the Gulf Coast area has touched the hearts of millions across the nation and moved them to action.
Locals schools and businesses are seeking to do their part as well.
- The Jackson Township Elementary Student Council sponsored a "Hat Day" on Sept. 2. Students could pay $.50 or more to wear a hat to school. They collected $427, which was donated to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Katrina victims.
- A Hat Day at North Clay Middle School allowed the students to collect $266.
- The Clay City High School Bible Club is collecting donations and sponsoring contests to purchase water supplies for the hurricane victims. For each pallet of water the students raise money to purchase, Angel Falls water will donate an additional pallet of water, which includes 5 gallon drums and water to be used for cleaning and hygiene.
- The Northview High School Key Club sponsored a Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser that raised $2,058.29. Students created a promotional video and message to that was played during morning announcements while the money was collected.
- East Side Elementary has scheduled Recess to the Rescue. For a donation of at least 50 cents, students can get extra recess time through Friday and again then sometime during next week.
Local business are also lending a helping hand and/or donating funds in support of the relief efforts.
- GasAmerica and the GasAmerica Charitable Foundation are currently accepting donations for the American Red Cross at the cash registers. the company is also donating 10 cents to the the relief effort for every fountain drink sold during this weekend.
- Cinergy, which requires all crews to be a self-contained workforce, has already sent 200 employees and contract personnel to the New Orleans area last Saturday. The company will also match up to $25,000 of the employee donations made to the American Red Cross through Sept. 15.
- Sam's Wholesale Club will be holding an auction, bake sale, yard sale on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Local businesses from Brazil and Terre Haute are donating items and gift certificates to auction off. The auction will begin at 2 p.m.
- Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has announced it will welcome displaced students enrolled at colleges and universities impacted by hurricane Katrina for the 2005-2006 academic year. Assistance will be provided at up to no-direct cost to students which may include tuition, room, board and fees. Any interested students should contact the Office of Campus Admission at 800-926-SMWC for details.
- Terre Haute Regional Hospital's parent company, Hospital Corporation of America, has made a $1 million to the American Red Cross for disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina and an additional $1 million to the HCA Hope Fund for direct relief to its affected employees in the area.