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Local organizations accepting hurricane donations

Military troops give aid to an injured woman on the sidewalk near the Convention Center in downtown New Orleans on Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. A huge military presence has arrived in the city, restoring order and bringing with them food and water to feed the thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Wendi Hollenbeck of the Art Factory in Edwards has ties to Texas, where tens of thousands of people have landed after being driven out of their homes in Louisiana.

About 20,000 people are now staying in the Astrodome in Houston. Another 20,000 are expected in Reunion Arena in Dallas.

Folks there can use clothes, first aid kids, toothbrushes and so on, and the kids could really use some clean, gently used stuffed animals.

Following are a couple of addresses to send stuff to, as well as some guidelines.

Please make sure contributions of stuffed animals and clothing are clean. Kids clothes should be separated by size.

If anyone wants to buy new items, please just send checks to the relief agencies.

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Please, send whatever you send to relief agencies, and not just to the Astrodome or Reunion Arena.

The folks staying in the arenas arrived with little but the clothes on their backs, and the kids could really use some friendly stuffed animals to snuggle with at night while they stay with thousands of others in a strange place far from home.

Please send donations to:

Salvation Army of Dallas County

9216 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75235

Salvation Army of Tarrant County

1555 Cherry Lane

White Settlement, TX 76108

Donations can also be sent to a studio Hollenbeck’s mother owns. That address is:

Earth To Art

3755 Cornish Ave.

Ft. Worth, TX 76133

The Thrifty Shoppes second-hand stores will match up to $10,000 in local contributions to the Salvation Army for hurricane relief.

Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 2183, Edwards, CO 81632, with “Hurricane Relief 2005” in the memo line. Checks or cash may also be dropped off at Wal-Mart this weekend from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

WestStar Bank is matching the donations received to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The bank will match donations up to $10,000 total.

Besides the bank’s donation matches, the McCormick Tribune Foundation will match contributions at 50 cents on the dollar, up to $2 million. All administrative costs will be paid by the McCormick Tribune Foundation so money can be distributed directly to disaster relief organizations.

“It is still uncertain how many people will be affected by this catastrophic event. It is so important that we all pull together during this time of crisis”, said Dan Godec, WestStar Bank’s chief executive.

Donations can be made at any WestStar Bank location across Colorado or can be mailed to:

WestStar Bank

McCormick Tribune Foundation

Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign

PO Box 1210

Gypsum, CO 81637

Bank customers who want from their accounts can contact the bank’s call center, 1-888-468-6400, and then press 0 for a representative.

For more information about the WestStar Bank Hurricane Relief effort or the McCormick Tribune Foundation, call Linda Hill at WestStar Bank’s marketing and public relations office, 926-6700, extension 253.

CenturyTel will make a $50,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

CenturyTel also is organizing a companywide fund-raiser to collect money for the American Red Cross. The money donated by CenturyTel employees will matched by the company up to another $50,000.

So far, employees have raised over $1,300. The fund raising will continue through September 9.

The company also is encouraging employees to donate blood through local organizations., an is holding its own blood drive on Wednesday.

Vail Resorts is a gold-level sponsor of Denver’s fund-raising efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The main event of the relief drive is a concert at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater on Monday night by the Dave Matthews Band.

Vail Resorts will contribute $50,000. Organizers hope the Dave Matthews Band concert will raise between $1 million and $2 million.

“The magnitude of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina is beyond comprehension,” Vail Resorts chief executive Adam Aron said.

“We are especially excited that our contribution will be matched many times over from the results of the Dave Matthews Band Benefit Concert that will be held in Denver a few days from now,” Aron said.

Alpine Bank has set up a relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The bank is also matching donations up to $10,000. All donations will be given to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

“Alpine Bank and its employees wish to extend our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the many individuals and families who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina,” Alpine Bank Vice Chairman H. David Scruby said. “We again need to pull together and offer our support to those who have lost everything.”

For more information, call Sonya Foster at 254-2019.

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