Local businesses and schools are continuing to lend a helping hand by collecting funds for the relief effort through the following events:
- United Way of the Wabash Valley has coordinated information from 77 agencies that are available to assist evacuees of Hurricane Katrina in the Wabash Valley. Services include assistance with food and clothing, medical, transportation, utilities, employment, counseling and support, disabilities services and other miscellaneous services that may be needed.
Call 812-235-6287 for more information.
- Three Indiana State University student teachers at Staunton Elementary have organized a "spare change for Katrina" fundraiser. Since Tuesday, Sept. 6, the students have raised more than $1,500 to help the victims. A small celebration will be held for the class that brought in the most money on Sept. 16.
- Students at Van Buren Elementary is collecting school supplies from Sept. 19 -27 to send to children affected by Hurricane Katrina.
- McDonald's Corporation increased its commitment to $5 million for ongoing hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. Additionally, on Sept. 10 the company debuted national and local advertising to inform customers of the added convenience of making disaster relief contributions at converted Ronald McDonald House Charities canisters at more than 13,000 U.S. restaurants.
- 7 Hills Sharpening is collecting new and or used unwanted tools and saws to send to the Arkansas Southern Batptist Convention to distribute to folks in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama as needed Oct. 15 -30. Saw chains, handsaws, steel circular saw blades, carbide tipped circular saw blades, axes, hatchets, small power tools or any other unwanted new or used tool that can be used in the rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast area can be dropped off at 7 Hills Sharpening located at 3297 E. 350 N. Marshall, Ind., (call (800) 932-0462 for more details), or Busenbarks Lawn & Garden Center in Crawfordsville, Ind., (call (765) 362-6390 for details.)
People can also contact Wabash Valley Goodwill Stores Director Bill Tennis at (812) 235-1837 for information about dropping items at the Brazil, Terre Haute, Clinton, Greencastle or Sullivan Goodwill Stores.
As the waters from Hurricane Katrina recede in the Gulf Coast area, ways to help the victims scattered around the country continues.
The Wabash Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross announced that local donations are in excess of $30,000, and eight more volunteers from Farmersburg, Dana, Linton, Brazil, Sullivan and Terre Haute in Indiana and from Georgetown, Ill., are on their way to Baton Rouge, La. for assignments in the devastated area.
Some evacuees have made their way to the Wabash Valley to stay with friends and relatives, and the officials at the American Red Cross want to make sure they receive the assistance that is available to them.
"We continue to encourage anyone from the Katrina affected area who has not sought American Red Cross assistance to do so," said Wabash Valley Chapter Executive Director Carol Stevens. "We do not want anyone falling through the cracks."
Katrina evacuees who are in Clay, Green, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo counties can contact the Wabash Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross for assistance at 812-232-3393. Evacuees must exhaust all Red Cross help before applying for longer term help through FEMA.