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[teacherartexchange] hurricane project

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From: Sears, Ellen (ESears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Aug 30 2005 - 18:38:55 PDT


I received this e-mail - maybe this can help your planning.

Ellen

I wanted to put together and e-mail to let you know how you, your friends,
family, Key Clubs, team members, etc. can help with disaster relief for the
recent hurricane.
First of all, the number one need right now is monetary donations, the
secondary need is volunteers for certain organizations:
1. American Red Cross- www.redcross.org <http://www.redcross.org>
Donate at <https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp> or call 1-800
HELP-NOW. You may also donate by mail at:
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013 - You need to specify on the check memo that the
money is for hurricane relief.
Contact your local chapter to see what is else is needed. To find your local
chapter follow this link- <http://www.redcross.org/where/where.html>
The Louisville, KY chapter (for those that live in and around here) is
desperately in need of volunteers that are 18 years or older to take phone
calls. They are being slammed with phone calls as they are all the call
center for 135+ local chapters. Phone work would include taking donations
and sending Red Cross Workers to the appropriate area. You can contact
Louisville's volunteer office at (502) 561-3601
Consider arranging a blood drive. Blood collected goes into a national
database, and while it is not specifically routed for hurricane victims,
some of it will end up there. Contact your local chapter for more
information about hosting a blood drive. For the Louisville blood services,
contact (502) 540-7000. You may also visit the following link to get more
information about your local chapter's blood collection-
http://www.redcross.org/where/chapts.asp#bloodregions
<http://www.redcross.org/where/chapts.asp>
The American Red Cross does not collect supplies for the relief effort, they
are only collecting money.
2. Salvation Army- <http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/>
Donate at
<https://secure1.salvationarmy.org/donations.nsf/donate?openform&projectid=U
SN-hurricane05> or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or mail a check to:
PO BOX 4857
JACKSON, MS 39296-4857. - You need to specify on the check memo that the
money is for hurricane relief
At this point, the salvation army has not yet compiled a list of what the
needs will be for the hurricane, so it is only accepting monetary donations
at this point. It will, at some point accept items and this list will be
posted in the weeks to come on their website. If you, or someone you know
works for a corporation, they are accepting mass donations of "in-kind"
items, dial 1-888-363-2769 to help.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for the Salvation Army fill
out the online form at
<https://www.saussw.org/crd/dsrreg.nsf/registrationw?OpenForm> or call them
at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. The Louisville Chapter for the salvation army can be
called at (502) 583-5391.
3. Kiwanis International Foundation- <http://kif.kiwanis.org/kif/>

Donate at <https://ssl.kiwanis.org/ssl/kif/disaster.asp> or call
1-800-KIWANIS Ext. 156 or mail a check to:
Kiwanis International Foundation Disaster Relief Fund,
3636 Woodview Trace,
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 46268- Mark in the memo that the money is for
hurricane relief.
4. Please remember that during this time their may be con artists
impersonating charities and attempting to get your money. It is recommended
that you never give your credit card number out over the phone to somebody
that dialed you. Request written information about the charity before giving
to it. I would highly recommend visiting <http://www.charitynavigator.org/>
if you have any questions about a charity. All major charities are on their
website and have been analyzed to determine what percentage of your money
goes to the actual cause. They can also provide information on which
charities are the best for a particular donation type, i.e.. disaster
relief.
I hope this will help you in your quest to help the victims of the
hurricane.

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