Saturday, September 03, 2005

Ways you can help victims of Hurricane Katrina

Miami Herald

TO DONATE MONEY:

(Specify donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina.)

American Red Cross: 800-HELP-NOW or http://www.redcross.org

BankAtlantic's 78 stores are collecting donations for the American Red Cross. Participants can donate at the teller line or through the Totally Free Change Exchange machines and assist those in need.

Broward County: Broward County Call Center is providing information to those who wish to donate, 954-831-4000 or visit the county website at www.broward.org.

Catholic Charities: 800-919-9338 or http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

City of Hollywood: Hollywood has established a disaster relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Employees and citizens who wish to donate money may make checks payable to ''City of Hollywood Emergency Relief.'' All donations will be given to the American Red Cross. Donors can mail their check to: City of Hollywood Emergency Relief Fund, PO Box 229045, Hollywood, FL 33022. Donors may also drop off their checks at Hollywood City Hall, Office of Community and Public Relations, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33022

Hollywood MDA Boot Drive: A portion of the money raised during the annual Labor Day weekend MDA Boot Drive will be donated to Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief.

Hollywood Firefighters will be at the following locations today, Sunday, and Monday:

Sheridan Street and A1A, 9 a.m. to noon; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hollywood Boulevard and 441, 9 a.m. to noon; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Stirling Road at Oakwood Plaza, 9 a.m. to noon; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Publix at 50th and Sheridan Street, 9 a.m. to noon; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Stirling Road at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Salvation Army: 800-SAL-ARMY or www.salvationarmyusa.org. Checks can be mailed to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO Box 270848, Tampa, FL 33688-0848 or local office, PO Box 350370, Miami, FL 33135-0370.

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation: 1-305-576-4000 or http://www.jewishmiami.org/pledge.cfm

The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and the United Way of Miami-Dade have activated Operation Helping Hands to help Gulf hurricane victims: 800-226-3320 or http://www.iwant2help.org

CBS4's Neighbors 4 Neighbors, a nonprofit organization, is collecting funds: 305-597-4404 or http://www.cbs4.com and follow link for Neighbors 4 Neighbors website. Checks can be written to Neighbors 4 Neighbors and mailed to: WFOR-TV, CBS4, 8900 NW 18th Terrace, Miami, FL 33172. Donors can designate victims in Gulf Coast or South Florida.

Palmetto Bay at Village Hall, 8950 SW 152nd St. For more information call: 305-259-1234.

Pinecrest at Village Hall, 12645 Pinecrest Pkwy. Pinecrest officials also are encouraging people to donate online at the following website: http://www.networkforgood.org/ topics/animal_envi

ron/hurricanes/

United Way of Broward County: Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, United Way of Broward County, Ansin Building, 1300 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

TO DONATE FOOD, WATER, SUPPLIES:

Adrian's Hair Center, 1920 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, is a designated drop-off location for people who want to donate items to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations of new items, underwear, personal hygiene and non-perishable food will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call 954-396-3700.

American Muslim Association of North America: 305-898-9314 or http://www.al-almana.org

Aventura, Biscayne Corridor, Miami Gardens, Opa-locka and North Dade Regional Chambers of Commerce: Collection center 1300 NW 167th St., Suite 1, Miami Gardens. Call 305-690-9123.

Food for the Poor: Accepting donations and hygiene kits; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays at 500 SW 12th Ave., Deerfield Beach; for details, 888-505-7400 or www.foodforthepoor.org.

Hallandale Beach: Accepting any non-perishable foods and supplies at Peter Bluesten Park, 501 SE First Ave., the Cultural Community Center, 410 SE Third St., the Austin Hepburn Center, 750 NW Eighth Ave., Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue's main station, 121 SW Third St., and the city's police department, 400 S. Federal Hwy.

Hollywood: The Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a food drive beginning next week. Donations can be dropped off at the Millennium Mall at the corner of U.S. 441 and Hollywood Boulevard. Additionally, volunteers will be needed to assist in packing the donated items for transport to the affected areas. If people wish to assist with the packing, they are asked to call Bill Sherwood at 954-922-4482.

State Sen. Mandy Dawson, D-Fort Lauderdale, and the Fort Lauderdale NAACP Youth Council will collect nonperishable goods and other items for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana at 3 p.m. today at the Rev. Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Several items are needed including money, bottled water, blankets and sheets, pillows, toiletries and more. The event wraps up at 5 p.m. Dawson's office will pay for gas for anyone willing to lend their trucks to carry these items to Louisiana. Call 754-366-3735 or 954-347-0138 for information.

United Way of Broward County: For information on donating food or running a food drive, please call 954-462-4850. Donations can be sent to: Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, United Way of Broward County, Ansin Building, 1300 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

Other Agencies/collection points (monetary donations only):

Christian Contractors Association: 800-278-7703, 2009 S. Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34604. On the web at www.ccaministry.org. Church World Service, 1-800-297-1516, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. On the Web at www.church worldservice.org.

Convoy of Hope: 800-988-0664 or 417-823-8998, 330 S. Patter son, Springfield, MO 65802. On the Web at www.convoy ofhope.org.

Emergency Animal Rescue Services (the disaster rescue program of United Animal Nations): 916-429-2457, P.O. Box 188890, Sacramento, CA 95818. On the Web at www.uan.org.

Episcopal Relief and Development/U.S. Hurricane Relief Fund: 800-334-7626, ext. 5129, P.O. Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101-5043. On the Web at www.er-d.org.

Florida Baptist Convention: 800-226-8584, Attention: Baptist Men's Department, Hurricane Disaster Relief, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207.

Florida Conference United Church of Christ: 407-835-7501, 924 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite 250, Orlando, FL 32803.

Florida Marlins: Collecting for South Florida Red Cross; Dolphins Stadium during games against the New York Mets (today-Sunday); www.floridamarlins.com.

John the Baker Italian restaurant: 12592 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines; 954-431-4315.

Las Olas Labor Day Art Fair: Donations to benefit American Red Cross; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; Las Olas Boulevard between Southeast Sixth and 11th avenues, Fort Lauderdale.

Lowe's: Monetary donations collected at all stores for American Red Cross.

Lutheran Disaster Response: 800-638-3522, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631. On the Web at www.elca.org.

Mennonite Disaster Service: 717-859-2210, 1018 Main St., Akron, PA 17501. On the Web at www.mds.

mennonite.net.

Pembroke Pines: Make checks payable to City of Pembroke Pines for the benefit of Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund; send to Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33026; checks can be dropped off at police and fire departments, Parks and Recreation Centers, Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, Public Services Department and Pembroke Pines Charter Schools; 954-435-6505.

Presbyterian Church: 800-872-3283, Attention: PCUSA, Individual Remittance Processing, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15624-3700. Write on check: 000169. On the Web at www.pcusa.org.

Publix: Donations at checkout registers to benefit American Red Cross.

Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Donations will benefit the Red Cross. Merchants are offering free gifts in exchange for donations on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-11 from 6 to 11 p.m. each night.

United Jewish Community of Broward County: Cash donations; 5890 S. Pine Island Rd., Davie, FL 33328; www.jewishbroward.org; 954-252-6900.

United Methodist Committee on Relief: 800-554-8583, 475 Riverside Dr., Room 330, New York, NY 10115. Use advance 982410. On the Web at www.umcor.org.

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club: Donations accepted at all stores and online at www.walmart.com, www.samsclub.com

Winn-Dixie: Donate at checkout registers to benefit American Red Cross.

VOLUNTEERS:

American Red Cross: 954-797-3847.

United Way of Broward County: Volunteer Broward is continuing to recruit and deploy volunteers to help with local relief efforts. Individuals can register to volunteer by calling 954-522-6761.

The American Hospital Association is working to coordinate how AHA members can best help. For information and offer services visit www.HospitalReliefEffort.org.

Broward County residents looking for information on a variety of agencies providing assistance visit www.broward .org or VolunteerBroward can be reached at 954-522-6761.

The Broward County Call Center is also providing information for those who wish to donate at 954-831-4000.

CONSERVATION

Broward County is urging people to conserve energy:

Thermostat settings for energy conservation are 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off while you are away.

The movement from ceiling or room fans helps cool the air, but use them only when you are in the room.

Avoid running large household appliances such as washers, dryers and electric ovens during peak hours (5-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.).

Reduce the operating time of your pool pump and automatic sweeper to four to five hours, and only during off-peak time.

Use warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes and run full loads only. Always use cold water to rinse clothes.

Run dishwashers with full loads only. Turn off machine at the dry cycle and air dry dishes.

Replace air-conditioner filters monthly for maximum benefit. Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer.

Weather-strip, seal and caulk leaky doors and windows.

Close shades and blinds during the day to reduce the amount of heat gained through windows.

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