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Soap actor from Clearwater joins Katrina relief

By CHASE SQUIRES, Times TV columnist
Published September 14, 2005

CLEARWATER - She plays an evil teen on the CBS soap Guiding Light , but in real life Clearwater native Crystal Hunt is joining the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina and encouraging others to join her as she and her family collect needed items to be delivered to Louisiana.

Hunt, 20, plans to help her family collect supplies for a shelter at a Baton Rouge, La., church, but won't be able to deliver them. She suffered scrapes in a minor moped accident earlier this month, so she has been advised against traveling to the region because of the dangers posed by waterborne bacteria.

Hunt, who landed the role of conniving teen Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light in 2003, was nominated this year for a Daytime Emmy. She said she has always been interested in charity work, and seeing the Katrina's devastation on television spurred her to action.

"You see it every day on the news," Hunt said. "It's not my family, but it's a lot of other families. You really want to do something."

Hunt said she'll be in Clearwater at her father's business, Clark Hunt Construction, 2165 Logan St., at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to kick off the drive, along with her dog, Roxy, who appears on Guiding Light with her.

Donors can deliver goods daily at the business or at West Coast Auto Mall, 5251 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday, through next week. Hunt said her family and friends plan to deliver the load in a caravan to Louisiana on Sept. 28.

Hunt said she's hoping people can donate baby food, diapers, diaper rash ointment, wheelchairs, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, first-aid supplies, combs and brushes, rubber gloves, large trash bags, towels and nonperishable food items.

[Last modified September 14, 2005, 09:31:36]

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