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Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the Gulf Coast. Many of our fellow Americans lost everything. Once again, we've shown ourselves to be a nation of people who care for each other. Donations have been pouring in to the affected areas. Did you help? Check back to see who else has lent a helping hand.

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Amber Thain: My mom actually is the one who decided to give some donations, she decided we make up some papers for donations or supplies that we could take the the local SPCA...nothing expensive, just cute little papers with kitty paw prints, and a small picture of a dog and cat, titling them "Katina's OTHER victims". We printed out over 100 of copies, and passed them out one-by-one throughout our neighborhood. Many families said they had already given which is wonderful but we just went the next home. After it reached the deadline we had stated we loaded the many bags of cat litter and 15+ bags of cat/dog food, the platic bag fulls of cat/dog toys, treats, collars, brushes, leashes and took them to the SPCA in Largo. Our donations were nothing compared to the the pile they had, but we liked to show that we helped.

The staff of the Holiday Inn Sunspree Clearwater Beach accepted donations of supplies and funds from employees, guests, and local residents. A moving van of clothes, groceries, pet food, and a plethora of supplies was driven by the general and regional manager to Gulfport, MS. A sister Holiday Inn owned by the same company was destroyed, displacing 100 employees from their homes and jobs.

The students of the Tampa JCC Preschools have raised over $900 through contributions by the kids of their "tzedakah" or charity money!

On Sept. 2, 2005, Bob Glazer, CEO and owner of Smith & Associates, Inc. along with seven other associates delivered three 26-foot U-Haul trucks and a U-Haul cargo van carrying a plethora of various supplies and groceries for the victims of Katrina; they made their way through Ala. and Miss.

Whitney Place Crew: Our six-year-old wanted to do something to help, so we built him a Lemonade stand. Not surprisingly, many other kids in the neighborhood wanted to help, too. Justin, Brad, Riley, Josh, Whitney and Johnny raised $225 for the Red Cross. We want to thank the folks in the Whitney Pines area for their generosity and support in teaching these youngsters that they can make a difference.

Oakhurst Elementary: Matthew,Andrew and Stephen Durst along with Amber Johnson asked fellow students to donate Coins for Katrina during the week of Sept.12-17. They decorated envelopes,made posters,appeared on the school's morning program and sat out with a jar at the front of the school every morning. They were able to raise over $4,000 in a school in one week with money the students brought. This will be added to the total amount being raised by Pinellas County Schools and given to the Red Cross.

Led by the senior class Ambassadors Club and the Upper School Key Club, students at Tampa Prep have been involved in two different kinds of hurricane relief drives. Immediate need items have been collected all week and taken daily to the St. Pete Times Forum, a drop-off center that is convoying to the Gulf Coast region. Drives for dollars included gate collections, ticket sales and concession profits from Tuesday evening's Tampa Prep-Berkeley volleyball match, known for its high visibility and tradition of competition for the past 30 years. Proceeds totaled $1,027.61. Spirit was high that day as students paid $1 each to the Key Club to wear spirit t-shirts. A total of $460.10 was raised by Key Club. Donations of $1,487.71 were donated to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. Student groups plan to continue fundraising to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina for the next several months.

Joe Schorr: Six of us drove 3 trucks filled with freezers of meat, rolls, condiments, canned goods and a large grill to Ocean Springs, MS last week and cooked 2,000 hamburgers in 2 days. It was the first hot meal many of those we served had in 10 days. People were willing to stand in the hot Mississippi sun for 45 minutes for one sandwich. The devastation to them and their community has to be seen to be believed.

L. Ruth Berry, DMD: Our wonderful orthodontic patients are donating back to us the "Berry Bucks'' they earn for good cooperation. They usually save these "Bucks'' up and buy gift certificates with them. Now for each "Berry Buck'' they donate back to the practice Dr. Berry is matching that amount and dontating the money to the Red Cross in their names.

Friends of Strays, Pinellas Park: We are taking some of the animals from the SPCA. So far, we have taken 10 of them. We are all so very happy to get them. We will find a good home for them.

Rachel Silva: I told my mom I wanted to sell lemonade to make help the victims so on Sunday Sept. 4th, I had a "Lemon-Aid" stand in front of my house in Original Carrollwood. I charged 25 cents a glass or whatever the person wanted to contribute to the Red Cross for the hurricane victims. I earned $130.90 and put in another dollar of my own. My brother Erick and I did extra chores around the house and earned $28.00 we are also sending to the Red Cross. I am 7 years old and in second grade at Carrollwood Elementary. My brother is 5 years old and in kindergarten.

Reuben Siegman: My Boy Scout Pack #407 donated $200.00 to the Hurricane Relief from our popcorn sales. We also had a clothing drive that filled up a van. These items were going to shelters in the Gulf Coast through a friend of our Pack Leader.(He was taking a truck load of clothing and supplies to the region last week.) We are continuing our popcorn sales and part of the proceeds will go to the Katrina Relief Effort.

Colleen: In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina I have donated money to my Vetinary Clinic for the fund for pets to help with the misplaced pets from Katrina. I have also donated $500.00 cash, and have donated my 5550 watt generator to a friend's family in Mississippi.

Carey Brent: I am the 3 year old teacher at Temple Beth-El Preschool. My class, along with the Pre-k class, decided to do a Mitzvah Project to help the smallest victims of Hurricane Katrina! (Mitzvah means "good deed") We started a "Fill the Backpack" project for the children affected by Katrina! We encouraged our parents to take their preschooler to the store and assist them in purchasing a backpack and filling it with much needed items and a few "Warm Fuzzies" also! It is amazing how these three and four year old children think! They truely want to send them anything and everything! The conversations that this project has sparked are heart melting! One of my preschoolers said, "I have this backpack for my friend who has no stuff!" She truely believes that the child who will receive this backpack is her friend- they just have not met yet!!

J. A. Blasser, Lake Mary: Our Publix is selling bags of food (as they do at Christmas) to send to affected areas. Also we give to E.A.R.S. because the pets need help, too. I put cards in everything we send, too. They lift spirits, and maybe make someone smile :)

The Massey Association, a reunion organization of former navy sailors who served on a destroyer, is digging deep to provide for shipmate members and family, Harry and Marie Steel, of Gulfport, Mississippi, as well as other needy storm victims.

The St. Petersburg Alumnae Panhellenic Association along with neighbors from the Curlew City subdivision in Clearwater donated gasoline, MCI phone cards, bottled water, dog and cat food, new socks and underwear, fresh produce, hygiene products and various household items and toys. The value of the new items exceeded $400.

Jim Fike family: We're on the wait list for Katrina's Homeless at Share Your Home (www.shareyourhome.org) In addition we gave toward the distressed and misplaced Animals (NOAHA). Our family also will be collecting clothing & shoes to give toward the relief effort.

Southside Fundamental Middle School students (about 650 students at the school) collected more than $8,600 in 10 days for Hurricane Katrina relief. A check was presented to the Salvation Army. The effort was coordinated by band director Christopher Touchton.

Ellis & Audrey Perry, of North Carolina sent a check to the Red Cross. (Audrey's employer will match.) Also, health and baby items taken to one of the churches in our area that is putting together packages to send to the affected areas.

Zachary: My sister and I thought of this for a way to help the people. We had a raffle of Bucs items at my house during last week's away game. Everyone bought a ticket and at halftime we had our drawing. The nice thing is that everyone won something, and we raised $15 for my sister's and mine school collection. I'm 6 1/2 and my sister is 5.

Anne M. Patch: Our state (Vermont) has sent 70...that's right, 70 tractor trailer trucks to the Gulfport, LA, area to aid those people who were left without help. Vermonters collected food, toiletries, clothes, pet food, etc. and dropped them off to various sites around the state for packing. Truckers and businesses donated their equipment and manpower to accomplish this. The folks in the South quipped "Oh, you Yankees are comin' to save us this time!" The organizers had to call an end to the donations and ask for cash instead.

At Blanton Elementary in St. Petersburg, students are collecting donations for nonperishable food, clothes, diapers, baby items and hygiene supplies. Donations will be given to the Red Cross. The school has enrolled a fifth-grade girl from Harrison County, Miss.

Bear Creek Elementary in St. Petersburg has enrolled a third-grader from Jean Gordon School in New Orleans, and is collecting school supplies, clothes, school uniforms and personal items for the boy and his family. The school is also collecting money to go to the Pinellas County Relief Fund.

At Mildred Helms Elementary in Largo, teachers are using their collection drive as a teachable moment: a math lesson built on filling 10-gallon buckets with supplies. The students are collecting school supplies, personal items and bottled water, to be donated to an undetermined sister school that will be chosen with help from the National PTA.

Starkey Elementary PTA in Seminole is collecting Coins for Katrina and supplies each morning this week in the car circle during dropoff before school. Items sought include toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, deodorant, razors and shaving cream, soap, lotion, shampoo and wash cloths. Donations will go to the Red Cross. They also are selling Starkey Elementary imprinted wristbands for $2, with $1 going to charity.

Students at James Sanderlin Elementary in St. Petersburg are collecting school supplies and items for students in the affected areas.

Azalea Middle students are collecting toiletries to send to nonprofit groups like the Red Cross and Salvation Army. The exceptional student education department at the St. Petersburg school has also started a coin drive.

Seminole Middle is collecting school supplies for students in East Baton Rouge Parish, La., the hometown of social studies teacher Lynda Burdette. By Monday, students had collected more than $6,500 worth of supplies.

At Southside Fundamental Middle in St. Petersburg, students collected $3,000 in the first two days of their donation drive. After six days, the students had collected $8,500. A check was presented to the Salvation Army on Tuesday.

Beginning on Sept. 6, students at Tyrone Middle in St. Petersburg started bringing in food, clothes and personal grooming items to be sent to the Red Cross. The school is also sponsoring a loose-change drive, Coins for Katrina.

Pinellas Park High sent out fliers requesting soap, wash cloths and toothbrushes for hurricane victims. Donations will be sent to the Red Cross in about two weeks.

Students at Osceola High in Seminole are collecting personal hygiene items to be sent to the Red Cross.

Students at Pinellas Park High are collecting personal items, including soap, wash cloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant and combs. The school will collect for the next two weeks or so and donations will be sent to the Red Cross.

Students at St. Petersburg Catholic High have launched a variety of fundraisers that as of Monday had netted $32,000, surpassing their goal of $30,000. Some of the efforts included a monetary collection before and after school and during lunch; $5 from each homecoming dance ticket; gate receipts from junior varsity home football games and the sale of Baron wristbands; a car wash by the Spanish Honor Society; breakfasts sponsored by the Youth Ministry; and cheerleaders' homecoming spirit chain. Fundraising will continue through homecoming, Sept. 24; donations will be sent to the Eastern Province of the Salesians to be distributed to families affected by Katrina.

At Seminole High, student clubs are collecting canned food, bottled water, diapers, baby food, blankets, batteries, flashlights and garbage bags through Friday.

Gibbs High in St. Petersburg has collected $99 in two days. Money collected until Sept. 27 will be sent to the Pinellas County Relief Fund.

I am Known as "The Captain" at the Bucs games. I am one of the Bucs ultimate fans that is in Pro Footbal'ls Hall of Fame with Big Nasty and a few others. We adopted 75 N.O. Saints fans, gave 4 of them jobs, have placed 65 of them in homes, and supplied lots of tailgate food, clothing, grills, cash, etc. to help them get by since they arrived.

D from Danbury, CT: I donated dog & cat food that will go to the Louisiana-Mississippi area. I also sent a contribution to the CT Humane Society to be used for Katrina's animal victims.

Rachel Doll: I already sent $100 to the Red Cross. I felt like that was small and I was most touched when my 14 yr old son asked me to withhold his allowance for a month and send it to United Way. I did as he asked and was so moved by the generosity of this child that I matched his contribution

Donna Schuelie, Wakely and Assoc, Clearwater: We did a Blue Jeans for Katrina Victims campaign at work. If an employee purchased a sticker they could wear casual attire to work. This is through the month of September. We raised almost $10,000 in just 2 weeks for the American Red Cross, Katrina Relief!

The Hot Spot Tanning Company, Oldsmar: Our tanning salon is planning 4 free tan days on Sundays from 11a-5p starting Sept. 25. All donations will be sent to the American Red Cross for Katrina Relief. Free tans, food, drinks and prizes will be given to those who donate to this cause.

The Silver Family: $150 to the Red Cross, 5 Large bags of adult and childrens clothes and shoes; 5K walk to raise funds for deaf community hit by the hurricane.

Great Harvest Bread Co., 500 S Howard Ave., raised more than $3,000 Sept. 8 for the hurricane relief effort. All money from sales that day was donated to the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. The bakery also donated 60 loaves of bread to the relief effort coordinated by Smith & Associates Realtors, which delivered supplies to the hurricane-ravaged area.

Brownie Troop 1110 of Tampa hosted "Breakfast on the Block" in New Suburb Beautiful on Saturday to aid hurricane victims. Starbucks donated coffee and pastries, and Kash n' Karry provided orange juice. The girls, ages 8 and 9, raised $3,000 for the American Red Cross. Lowe's Home Improvement plans to match it.

Cathy Schiller: My significant other, Tim, has a house in Charlotte, North Carolina, that is housing a family of four that was evacuated to North Carolina. The family consists of husband, wife, and two teenage children. The husband has recently undergone a heart transplant and was flown to N.C. from L.A. His wife is an RN. They are staying in the house rent free the first month and can pay what they can afford for the next 6 months with option to buy the house. This was all coordinated by Tim's son, Jeff, who ownes a mortgage company in Charlotte. He too is housing families in two of his vacant homes.

Lisa Brody: Our Brownie Troop collected toiletries to send to the victims in Mississippi within two days of the hurricane. Since that time our troop has made special cards and friendship necklaces that were sent to Houston for displaced girl scouts.

New College of Florida: A student from the University of New Orleans arrived at New College this past weekend. We enrolled her in classes, found her housing on campus, and threw her a big welcoming potluck dinner. Students and staff donated food, bedding, and clothing.

Steve & Pauline Clayton: We have 5 children also that have been active in helping with donations. We first gave blood, my wife and I. We had all the children, including ourselves donate money. We then went to a warehouse in Clearwater and helped sort food, medicine, baby items and more into 3 trucks heading for the airport to deliver to Katrina victims. We also brought 6 bags full of different items with us to donate as well. If everyone would do a little it would end up being a lot. We live paycheck to paycheck but gave what we could. We may need help one day ourselves.


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