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Support relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Mayor Urges Cash Donations to Help Hurricane Victims

Release Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin is joining other national and local officials to urge citizens to support relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina by making cash contributions.

?What the victims of Hurricane Katrina need right now is financial support to the various volunteer agencies responding to their situation,? Mayor McLin said. ?More than donated goods or volunteers, relief agencies are looking for cash.?

According to FEMA, cash donations are especially helpful to victims because they allow volunteer agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs. Cash donations also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort, pack and distribute donated goods. Donated money prevents, too, the prohibitive cost of air or sea transportation that donated goods require. Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of services after disasters, such as clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.

To make a contribution, Mayor McLin said residents can contact the local Red Cross chapter at 222-6711. Other national relief organization contact information provided by FEMA is listed below:

American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English
1-800-257-7575 Spanish
http://www.redcross.org

Operation Blessing
1-800-436-6348
http://www.ob.org

America?s Second Harvest
1-800-344-8070
http://www.secondharvest.org

Adventist Community Services
1-800-381-7171
http://www.adventist.communityservices.org

Catholic Charities, USA
703-549-1390
http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
http://www.cdresponse.org

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
1-800-848-5818
http://www.crwrc.org

Church World Service
1-800-297-1516
http://www.churchworldservice.org

Convoy of Hope
417-823-8998
http://www.convoyofhope.org

Lutheran Disaster Response
1-800-638-3522
http://www.lssmn.org

Mennonite Disaster Service
717-859-2210
http://www.mds.mennonite.net

Nazarene Disaster Response
1-888-256-5886
http://www.nazarenedisasterresponse.org

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
1-800-872-3283
http://www.pcusa.org/pda

Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org

Southern Baptist Convention ? Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
http://www.namb.net/dr

United Methodist Committee on Relief
1-800-554-8583
http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor

For further information: visit the website for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org.