Katrina Notebook

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Eagle Ridge Christian School

Plans to help: Raised $4,103.87 for donation to the American Red Cross for local Katrina victims. The school administrator challenged the students and faculty to collect the most money in three class divisions. The students also participated in a canned food drive .

Contact: Michelle Hahn, 339-1335.

SBC

Plans to help: Taking donations to help Hurricane Katrina victims from employees and matching those donations with contributions from the company. SBC has also committed to donating $4 million a month in communication services to evacuees.

Contact: Marsha Haskell, regional director-External Affairs, 334-9882.

Amerimart

Plans to help: BP America will match Amerimart's contribution of $1,100 and will match up to $1 million contributed by its retail marketers to the American Red Cross.

Contact: Amerimart stores are located in Cape Girardeau, Fruitland, Fredricktown, Benton, Marble Hill, Advance, Malden and Dexter.

Sikeston

Plans to help: The old Essex building in Sikeston will be offered as a free temporary place of business for hurricane victims to relocate their business.

Contact: Dennis Ziegenhorn, (573) 471-3112.

State Emergency Management Agency

Plans to help: Gov. Matt Blunt announced that anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to the Hurricane Katrina victims can call a new State Emergency Management Agency hotline from 7 am. to 7 p.m. The Missouri call center can coordinate donations and volunteer opportunities for Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Missouri.

Contact: Donations Information Hotline, (866) 623-9385.

Baptist Association campgrounds

Plans to help: Donations for hurricane victims may be dropped off, but due to the overwhelming community support, the association can no longer accept donations of clothing.

Contact: 4855 Highway 77, in Benton between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Debi Baker

Plans to help: Donations for pet-related items, such as food, leashes, crates and cat litter, were collected Tuesday at Auto Stop Auto Sales at 2550 Independence St. and Style Studio Hair Salon at 518 Second St., Scott City. Baker, owner of the Rainbow Ranch, a sanctuary for abandoned animals, will transport the items to New Orleans. Baker will be making another trip soon.

Contact: Terry Baker, 334-9090 or Courtney Coomer of the hair salon, (573) 264-1919.

Kelly Services

Plans to help: Kelly Services has partnered with the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau to offer skill assessments and free computer training to hurricane victims seeking employment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Salvation Army.

SEMO HOG

Plans to help: They are selling smoked pork butts to raise money. The cost is $20 each and there is a sign up sheet at Lang's Jewelry store. The butts must be prepaid. Pick-up is at the Elk's Lodge on Oct. 16th.

Contact: 334-2404.

-- From staff reports

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