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How to help Katrina victims

EDITOR’S NOTE: If your business or organization has organized a relief effort for victims, please let us know at 303-776-2244, Ext. 405. Before giving to any relief effort, research the charity. Contact the Better Business Bureau, visit www.give.org or go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Web site, which has a list of reliable institutions, at www.fema.gov/news/ newsrelease.fema?id=18473.

Monetary donations

• The United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund is accepting contributions online and via mail. The online donation page is accessible through www.unitedwayfoothills.org. Checks can be mailed to Foothills United Way, 2955 Baseline Road, Boulder 80303.

• To donate time or money to the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross, call 800-HELP-NOW or visit www.denver-redcross.org.

• Heritage Bank is accepting checks for the American Red Cross at all 13 of its locations. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter, and the check note should indicate that the money is for the Disaster Relief Fund/Hurricane Katrina.

• Twin Peaks Mall will accept monetary donations at the Times-Call/Twin Peaks Mall Customer Service Center until further notice. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross.

Goods donations

• Rocky Mountain Christian Church, at 95th Street and Niwot Road in Niwot, is collecting goods and donations to fill a 53-foot trailer, now parked in front of the church. The trailer will be sent to evacuees in need. Donations will be accepted 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The effort no longer needs bottled water or most clothing, but the church will accept diapers and other baby items, toiletries, laundry soap and fabric softener, new socks and underwear, cleaning supplies (bleach is especially needed), work gloves, tools, shop towels and paper towels, disposable masks, furniture in good condition, new or gently used bedding, new or gently used dishes, kitchen utensils and nonperishable food. For more information, call 303-652-6834.

• Colorado residents are encouraged to drop off canned food and dry goods at any of KB Home’s 20 community sales offices in the Denver area, including the Idaho Creek office at 10652 Butte Drive in Longmont. Each sales office will host a Food Bank of the Rockies collection bin. Non-glass containers are preferred.

• All FreedomRoads RV retailers, including K&C RV in Longmont, are acting as dropoff points for donated clothing for Hurricane Katrina victims. The company will consolidate all donations and turn them over to various agencies providing aid and relief to those in need. K&C RV is at 14504 I-25 Frontage Road, between Exit 243 and Exit 245. For direction, call 303-776-1309 or visit www.kcrv.com.

• Colorado FriendShip, a local nonprofit agency, will take its mobile emergency relief caravan to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The organization will stock trailers and trucks with clothing and relief supplies to deliver to people displaced by the disaster. Donations may be made to Colorado FriendShip by visiting www.coloradofriendship.org or sending cash donations to Colorado FriendShip, 1243 Sherman Drive, Unit 8, Longmont 80501. All donations are used solely for relief efforts. For more information, call 303-776-4930.

• LifeBridge Christian Church is accepting nonperishable food donations for the OUR Center’s coordinated local response. All food donations should be taken to the LifeBridge Activities Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. LifeBridge is also accepting financial donations for relief efforts. LifeBridge Christian Church is at 10345 Ute Highway. For more information, call 303-776-2927.

• All Front Range Big O Tire stores have set up bins to accept donated goods for evacuees coming to the state. For store locations, visit www.bigotires.com.

Fundraising events

• A charity golf tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at Vista Ridge Golf Club in Erie. The cost is $90 per person and proceeds will benefit Longmont-area families who are housing and supporting families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. There is also an option for foursomes at a price of $360. The price includes 18 holes, a cart, range balls and lunch. The tournament is limited to 120 players. Single players and foursomes must register with LifeSports at LifeBridge Christian Church, 303-776-2927, Ext. 221. Corporate sponsorships are also available by calling 303-589-1969. Players can contact LifeBridge Christian Church 303-776-2927 for registration information.

• The American Legion will host a rigatoni dinner for hurricane relief Sept. 30 at the post, 315 S. Bowen St., Longmont. The $5-per-plate dinner will start at 5 p.m. and continue until the food is gone. Call Linda Robinson at 303-682-1597 for details.

Help for animals

• Blue Hills Dog and Cat Shoppe, 2255 N. Main St., Longmont, will accept monetary donations for animal charities in the hurricane-affected regions.

• The Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation Katrina Fund will offer funding to the animal relief and recovery efforts related to the Hurricane Katrina disaster through grants to programs in the affected areas. To donate or to find out more, visit www.coloradosart.org or call 303-539-7633.

• The Boulder County Horse Association will continue to post information regarding horses displaced by Hurricane Katrina at its Web site: www.boulderhorse.org. The BCHA is accepting cash donations for horse-related charities, and checks may be mailed to P.O. Box 19601, Boulder CO 80308-2601. Please indicate “Katrina” in the check memo.

Blood drives

• Calvary Church, 2101 Gay St., Longmont, will host a blood drive for Bonfils Blood Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. Call Mary at 303-702-9609 to schedule an appointment.

• To donate blood, contact Bonfils Blood Center at www.bonfils.org, 303-363-2300 or 800-365-0006, option 2. Be sure to schedule an appointment.

Bracelet sales

• Students at Flagstaff Academy are selling silicon wristbands at school to raise money for Red Cross hurricane relief. Bands are $5 each. For more information, or to donate items, call 303-651-7900.

• Sanborn Elementary is setting up a fund for the Thorne family. Donors will receive a bracelet supporting hurricane relief. To donate, call the school at 303-772-3838.

Miscellaneous

• UNICEF will donate funds from “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” boxes this year to children in need of school supplies due to Hurricane Katrina. For the first time ever, UNICEF will donate funds to American children who were affected by Katrina. For details or to get supplies for Trick or Treat for UNICEF, visit www.unicefusa.org or call 1-800-4-UNICEF.

 

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