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Katrina Relief Support for Displaced Families and Kids

A number of students, faculty, and staff are working to organize and support efforts to provide money and supplies to families and individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina. As we are well aware, there will be a long-term effort needed for many of these individuals. Here are a number of ways that you can provide support.

Cash donations to the American Red Cross: CAUSE has placed collections boxes in a number of buildings throughout campus. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross.

Gift cards: School supplies are desperately needed by students and teachers. Supplies on hand before the hurricane have been exhausted and commercial trucks into many areas are limited to transport those supplies of higher priority, i.e., food, water, diapers, formula, and cleaning materials. Gift cards for stores such as Wal-Mart and Payless Shoes have been specifically mentioned as useful. Any denomination is helpful. Please send gift cards to the CAUSE office at 306 Blanchard or campus PO Box 9121. This will be an ongoing project; no end date has been established.

Clean out the closets or purchase new: Collection of children's clothing, toiletries, children's books, stuffed animals, backpacks, games for kids, and school supplies. Used items in good condition are very acceptable. All of these items will be shipped to the Big Buddy Program in Baton Rouge Louisiana. This program is working to support 800 kids and their families that are living in shelters. CAUSE has placed boxes in the residence halls and in Skinner, Blanchard, Otto C. Kohler Building (facilities management), Mary Lyon, and the Health Center.

Order online: School supplies may be ordered online from Staples and Office Depot for delivery to specific locations. The Big Buddy Program has hired 45 teachers from New Orleans to work with the kids displaced to Baton Rouge. They have no classroom supplies. Many school districts on the Gulf Coast face the same problem but cannot receive deliveries at this time. Hopefully that will change soon.

For more information, contact kengell@mtholyoke.edu or call x2170.

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