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Updated: December 1, 2005 7:27
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  • Starting Monday, Oct. 10, the Red Cross will begin providing service to evacuees from their home state instead of local chapters. Anyone needing emergency disaster-caused assistance should call the Red Cross toll-free at 1-866-GET-INFO. Their information will be taken, verified by Red Cross workers in their home area, and a pre-paid client assistance card will be sent to the evacuee at their current address anywhere in the country. During the past weeks, state and federal resources have become widely available, and in many communities life is beginning to return to day-to-day activity for families. The only thing that is changing is the way that Red Cross assistance is delivered. This adjustment in service delivery is part of the normal evolution of any disaster relief operation. Residents of storm-damaged areas may also be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency can be contacted by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or by visiting Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013, or by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

    Diadora Impact NE soccer club raised $650 during a soccer round robin to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts on Oct. 8. (Search below with keyword 'diadora' for details.)

    Breastfeeding Essentials in Kingsport donated $634.50 to the Red Cross as a result of its promise to donate 5 percent of gross sales during September both in its local store and on its Web site. (Search below with keyword 'breastfeeding' for details.)

    The Tennessee Industrial Development Council, a statewide organization of economic development professionals, is donating $10,000 to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts across the state. The money has been given to American Red Cross chapters, with $5,000 for the West Tennessee area and $2,500 each for Middle and East Tennessee.

    Eastman Chemical Co. will increase to $178,086.07 its matching donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Eastman first announced its matching program at the end of August and agreed to match up to $25,000 in employee contributions to aid the Red Cross. Employees donated nearly $90,000 in the first week of the program, however, and Eastman then increased its matching donation to $100,000. Based on a one-to-one match, the total amount contributed to the Red Cross by Eastman and its employees is $356,172.14.

    Employees at Bush Hog, LLC in Selma, Ala. and Telford, Tenn., have joined together to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. CC Industries in Chicago, which owns Bush Hog LLC, provided a donation matching the funds raised by employees. These combined efforts provided the Red Cross with $8,671.85 for the relief efforts.

    The teen class at North Fork Missionary Baptist Church held a walk-athon fund-raiser for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts where they collected $870. The church matched this for a total of $1,740.

    Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, WBIR-TV Channel 10 and WDVX 89.9 FM are sponsoring a day of activities to raise funds to benefit the employees of the fire and police departments of Bay St. Louis, Miss. The event will be held Oct. 15 from noon until 11 p.m. at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson at the music pavilion located at 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. The event will feature activities such as mounted police on horseback, local fire and police departments, a fund-raiser T-shirt sale, tool drive, canned food drive and adopt-a-family.

    The First Baptist Church of Nickelsville sponsored a mission trip to Slidell, La. Fourteen men did chain saw work removing trees from homes, and eight women helped cook and serve food the Red Cross delivered to the members of that community.

    With a $10,000 matching gift from Holston Medical Group, HMG employees and providers gave $24,235.48 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.

     National Guard warns of relief scam
    Several local businesses have been solicited to donate money to help the Tennessee National Guard's hurricane relief. But, according to Sgt. Fred Steadman, coordinator of the 278th's Family Assistance Center, the "fund-raiser" is in fact a scam.
    Steadman said trailer loads of goods have already been shipped to the Gulf from the Kingsport Armory. He added that members of the 2/278th's Family Readiness Group are not soliciting funds for such a cause, as they are busy preparing events to celebrate their soldiers' return home from Iraq, expected in late October or early November.
    Of the 278th Regimental Combat Team's 4,000 soldiers, 3,200 are with the Tennessee National Guard, and 271 of those soldiers are with Kingsport's 2nd Squadron. Anyone who has been approached to donate money to the National Guard for hurricane relief should alert Steadman at 247-5168, ext. 0.

    Red Cross clarifies: We are not offering an 'adopt a family' program at this time.We are currently assisting 146 families.

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  • General Shale Brick of Johnson City is donating $40,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Employees donated $20,000 to the cause, and the company provided a $20,000 match.

    The Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development is accepting donations to assist with hurricane relief efforts. Donations are being used to purchase personal items and provide assistance to evacuees who are living in public housing. Send donations to Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development Emergency Fund, P.O. Box 44, Kingsport, TN 37662.

    GRAY - Many Gulf Coast hurricane evacuees are still residing in our area, attempting to begin the process of piecing their lives back together. To facilitate acquiring benefits and expedite the process, families are encouraged to get a Federal Emergency Management Agency identification number before arriving at the assistance center. FEMA identification numbers are available on the Internet at or toll-free at (800)621-FEMA or (800)621-3362. Levotch is available to respond to questions from families and can be reached at 434-6081 or 791-4999. (Search below with keyword '3362' for details.)

    Holston Middle School - Brad McKee will launch his second Operation Student to Student 'school supply drive'. The destination for the goods is Lumberton, Miss. A collection bin will be set up at the Holston Elementary & Middle School complex today and remain there through Oct. 26. For more information about the drive or to join the effort by agreeing to collect supplies or host a collection bin at your school or business, call Holston Middle School at (423) 354-1500.

    There will be a benefit yard sale/bake sale Oct. 1 with all proceeds going to Hurricane Katrina victims in the Metairie, La., and Mobile, Ala., areas. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 140 Sprint Drive (Highway 394, beside Food City shopping center) in Blountville.

    Karen Miller email: Llamas4God @ Local group of llama owners trying to coordinate a road trip to bring back at least 5-6 dogs needing homes from Katrina. We need an air conditioned vehicle -truck beds and livestock trailers are too hot. Let's form a caravan.....we want to help.

    Housing units for displaced Hurricane Katrina evacuees are now available through the Tennessee Rural Development office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 423-638-4771, ext. 4. Those seeking more information on available housing assistance also may contact Rural Development toll-free at 1-800-342-3149, ext. 6.

    First Christian Church in Abingdon will hold a Hurricane Relief Benefit concert on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the bluegrass sounds of CrossTrain plus various other vocalists and instrumentalists from the Abingdon area. The concert is free, but an offering will be taken. All proceeds will benefit Building Better Communities, an inner-city work in New Orleans. First Christian Church is located at 185 Old Jonesboro Road. For more information call (276)628-2225.

    Danny Herman Trucking were filled to the brim and pointed south to help aid the displaced evacuees in Mississippi and Louisiana. Volunteers from the First United Methodist Church organized the effort. A Drop To Drink became their drive as the nearly 2,300 students in the county were instructed to each bring in .50 that would purchase a bottle of water for someone in the hurricane stricken areas of Louisiana. Students were also told they could donate stuffed animals for some of the youngest flood victims. Thursday, as the JCHS football players with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and their coach Mike Atwood began loading the water donated by local students, it quickly became apparent that 2,300 bottles of water would not even touch the amount of money donated. Friday, when the golf team finished loading the schools’ water, more than five bottles represented each child - more than 12,656 bottles total.

    Johnson City Press raised $9200 for the Red Cross Relief Fund.

    WHCB Radio is receiving donations of personal care items at the WHCB offices at 340 Edgemont Avenue, Suite 100, in Bristol, Tennessee. If you plan to bring a large amount of items, please phone 423.878.6279 so we can arrange to help you unload the items.

    UMCOR volunteers heading for Mississippi. Donations to UMCOR may be sent to the United Methodist Church, Big Stone Gap District Office, 101 Gilley Ave., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. Make checks payable to Disaster Relief Team. (Search below with keyword 'umcor' for details.)

    Family Resource Center accepting donations to help Katrina evacuees. There are now 18 children in the Hawkins County School District who are evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, and offers to help them and their families have been pouring in to the school system. 423-921-9621 (Search below with keyword 'armstrong' for details.)

    Arlene Kellum's Affordable Dentures dental practice in Bluff City is part of a network of more than 100 affiliated Affordable Dentures dental practices which together are donating $1 million in denture services to people affected by Hurricane Katrina. 423-538-5197 or log on to (Search below with keyword 'kellum' for details.)

    Farmers and Miners Bank has established an account to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina and will match up to $5,000 in community donations. Visit any Farmers and Miners office in Pennington Gap, Rose Hill, Cumberland Gap, Weber City, Clintwood or Wise. Checks may also be mailed to Farmers and Miners Bank, Attn: Katrina Relief Fund, 403 W. Morgan Ave., Pennington Gap, VA. 24277. (276)546-4692.

    The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department conducted a door-to-door food drive for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina who will be receiving shelter in Pennington Gap. The department will continue to accept donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina. For more information call Wanda Harless at (276)393-8647.

    Foundation For Hope is looking for churches willing to assist families in need. They are trying to move families out of temporary housing and shelters into a more permanent and stable location for up to 90 days - apartments or rental homes only. or contact Alan Halsey @423-246-3529. (Search below with keyword '3529' for details.)

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    Bike For Hope is a weeklong fundraising effort ending with both a mountain bike and road ride on Sunday Oct. 9th at 2pm in Damascus. We will meet at the Caboose in Damascus for the start of both finale rides. 423-239-9903 (Search below with keyword 'caboose' for details.)

    Fatz Cafe in Bristol is collecting donations from guests and associates throughout the month of September to go to the Salvation Army Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Fatz is matching every dollar in guest and associate donations up to $25,000.

    Twin Springs High School has an ongoing campaign to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The campaign is called the “Campaign of Hope,” and all persons who give to this campaign will get their name listed on the “Wall of Hope.” The students have encouraged each other to give up one soft drink or candy bar a day, and donate that money to the campaign. They have generated over $300 a day so far, and as of Friday, they had collected more than $1,500. The money collected will be given to a local disaster response team who will be taking the money directly to the disaster area. Send contributions to Twin Springs High School, Route 1, Box 114, Nickelsville, Va. 24271

    Rye Cove’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is taking fund-raising effort a bit further. The club is requesting citizens join their “Finding Hope in the Midst of Despair” flood bucket drive. United Methodist Community on Relief (UMCOR) project, students are asking for donations so they may prepare flood buckets for victims in the affected areas. Supplies in the bucket enable people to being the overwhelming task of cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina. Citizens can either drop off or send donations for the items or complete their own bucket. The deadline to receive flood buckets is Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Family and Consumer Science Department at Rye Cove High School. You may not be able to purchase all the items on the list but any contribution is appreciated. Checks can be sent to Rye Cove FCCLA, Hurricane Relief, Route 4, Box 154, Clinchport, Va. 24244. Donations should be postmarked by Sept. 29 and should be made payable to Rye Cove FCCLA.

    Gate City is using an open date on their football schedule as an opportunity to raise funds for hurricane victims. You are invited to watch the senior and freshman girls take on the junior and sophomore girls in a powder-puff football game. Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Legion Field. Admission to the game is only $1 and additional donations will be accepted. All monies raised will be given to the American Red Cross. Gate City High School, 127 Beech Street, Gate City, Va. 24251

    The Gate City chapter of FCCLA has been busy collecting money from students during their “Make a Dollar Count” fund-raising drive for hurricane relief. Members have been collecting money each Friday during homeroom. The goal of the Gate City FCCLA is $1 per student per week or approximately $4,000.

    Some local businesses are joining the relief effort by offering special deals. Shelia Meade, local Home Interior consultant, announced that her company is offering a special jar candle, “A Light in the Storm,” with all proceeds benefiting hurricane victims. The vanilla candle is available through Home Interior Decorating Consultants at a cost of $6.49. All profits will be donated to the company charitable foundation’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. For more information, call Meade at (423) 335-6902.

    All branches of Farmers & Miners Bank are accepting donations for three special charities providing relief in the gulf states. The bank has also agreed to match up to $5,000 given in community donations. Contributions will be donated to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Feed the Children. 386-9000.

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    Members of the Scott County Board of Supervisors at the request of District 6 Supervisor Chad Hood are discussing ways the county can offer assistance to hurricane victims. Brunswick County issued a challenge to all county boards of supervisors by sending a $25,000 donation for hurricane relief. Three other counties have answered the challenge.

    Wellmont Health System and Charter Communications are collecting school supplies to be given to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina until the end of September. Lobbies: Holston Valley Medical Center, Lonesome Pine Hospital and Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, as well as in the cafeteria of Bristol Regional Medical Center. Bins have also been set up in the Wellmont Wellcare centers in Bristol Mall, Fort Henry Mall.

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