02 September 2005

Donations and Volunteers Needed

Donations, volunteers needed to help victims of Hurricane Katrina

Recovering from Hurricane Katrina is going to be a long and difficult process. Extensive damage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama is only the beginning. Hundreds of thousands of residents are out of their homes.

Volunteers:

Makeshift shelter at Astrodome:
As of 1:40pm, 9/2, all volunteers are now being asked to go to the Main Street/Yellow Lot at Reliant Park. The Yellow Lot can be accessed from Main Street. The Astrodome was at capacity by Thursday evening.

Red Cross
713-526-8300
281-JOIN-NOW

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast
713-685-2708

Volunteer Houston/Harris County Citizen Corp.
281-564-6669

Houston United Way
713-957-4357

If you're interested in doing 'simple' volunteer work, you can do so by calling or stopping by some of the locations below.

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Call (713) 741-8234, ext. 110 or stop at the following locations:

Washington Thrift Store
2020 Washington Avenue
Houston, TX

Bellaire Thrift Store
5236 Cedar
Bellaire, TX

Ozanam Outlet
610 Memory Lane
Houston, TX

Salvation Army
Call (713) 752-0677 or go the following locations:

Main Office
1500 Austin
Houston, TX
8:30 am - 4:30 pm to help answer phones

Pasadena Community Center
2732 Cherrybrook

Donations:

Astrodome shelter
The American Red Cross is in charge at the dome. They are unable to accept donations directly at the Astrodome. If you would like to give the following items, food goes to the Houston Food Bank. Clothing goes to the Salvation Army. Other items go to United Way or Goodwill.
Donations are requested for storm victims. Supplies needed are:

Diapers, Baby formula, Wipes, Baby clothing, Wheelchairs, Walkers, Men's & women's summer clothing, all sizes, Undergarments -- all sizes, Blankets, sheets, bedding items, Toiletries, personal care items, Deodorant, Soap, Shampoo, Towels.
Information given out earlier on Friday morning was incorrect. Do NOT drop items off at the Astrodome. Please take them to the Houston Food Bank or a local United Way or Goodwill office.

Red Cross:
Local number for donations: 713-313-5480
If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP-NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. Internet users can make a secure online credit card contribution by visiting www.redcross.org or www.houstonredcross.org.

Operation Share Your Home
Here is a national toll-free number for individuals who want to open their homes to Katrina victims: 888-827-2525

Salvation Army:
"Victims of Katrina" donations can be made by calling: 1-800-253-1868

Greater New Orleans Foundation
Donations are now being accepted online for the Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund. This fund will focus on the rebuilding of infrastructure to provide basic human services to residents of these devastated areas.

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast
United Way Katrina Refugee Relief Fund, to assist local agencies that are caring for displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina
Contributions can be made at any of the more than 80 Amegy Bank of Texas banking centers
Visit any banking center and reference "United Way Katrina Refugee Relief Fund," Account #3601021 or mail to "Attn Teller, P.O. Box 27459; Houston, Texas 77227"

Houston Food Bank:
www.houstonfoodbank.org
The Houston Food Bank needs volunteers and paper goods, cleaning supplies, bottled water, peanut butter, heat-and-eat foods, single-serving foods and snacks that don't require refrigeration, and cash. Information: 713-223-3700

KSBJ-FM and the Greater Houston YMCA
Collecting prepaid grocery, gasoline and phone cards. Donations will be accepted today at Sharpstown Mall, Thursday at Memorial City Mall and Friday at Almeda Mall, noon-7 p.m. each day. Houston-area YMCAs will accept cards through September.

Sugar Land Drive:
Drop-off locations:
Sugar Creek Baptist Church - 13213 Southwest Freeway
Riverpark H-E-B - 19900 Southwest Freeway
Most needed items are: baby formula, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruits, bread, single serving snacks, ramen noodles, can openers, peanut butter, personal hygiene products, paper products, soups, and bottled water.

Spring Branch Church of the Nazarene
Volunteers collecting donations of clothing, shoes, blankets, sheets, sleeping bags, pillows, towels, washcloths, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, bottled water, small containers of laundry detergent, toys, diapers, baby food, etc. for the hurricane victims.
Visit their website for location and phone number.

IMPACT HOUSTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
I-10 at I-45
Collecting goods to be donated to hurricane victims. Visit their website for location and phone number

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza is asking Catholics throughout the 10-county archdiocese to contribute to a special collection this weekend that will go to aid victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The special collection will be taken up at all Masses at every parish in the archdiocese this weekend. The money raised will be given to Catholic Charities USA, which is among the primary responders in the regions devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
Accepting tax-deductible donations at www.houstonjewish.org or Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, 5603 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096.

Katy Chamber of Commerce
2501 S. Mason, Suite 230, Katy
Taking donations of goods and services. Visit www.katychamber.com or call 281-828-1100 for more information.

All State Insurance
1111 FM 1462, Alvin TX
281-331-7414
Collecting goods for Red Cross and Salvation Army

West Houston Church of Christ
Collecting gift cards (phone, gas, food, Wal-Mart, etc) in any denomination to be distributed to Hurricane Katrina victims in Red Cross shelters in Texas. The collection will extend through the month of September and cards may be brought to West Houston Church of Christ, 17100 West Road, Houston, TX 77095. For additional information, see our website www.westhoustonchurch.org or call 281-856-0001.

ICNA Relief-Helping-Hand
P.O. Box 572181, Houston - Texas 77257
www.icna.org
Adivision of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) -- a humanitarian relief and development organization. Providing assistance like food and shelter to many, including about 150 displaced Muslim families in Baton Rouge. ICNA Relief-Helping-Hand has allocated $25,000 for this specific effort and appealing for additional donations.

Lone Star Equine Rescue
The group has been called in to help with the horse rescue efforts after the storm hits. Supplies and manpower are needed. Lone Star Equine Rescue, Rose Westover, 713-467-3444 in Tomball area and Almost Heaven Riding Stables, John or Jodie Arrington, Highlands (east side staging) 281-426-3451

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