The acts of kindness in Gwinnett come in all shapes and sizes. Kids stood on a street corner Monday with a sign made of cardboard and Crayola. It read, "Help us Help Them, 1-800-HELP NOW." For those who stopped, the children asked for spare change to help the hurricane victims. Peachtree Ridge High School arranged to have a semi truck at the school Tuesday night. Contributions filled the truck, which will deliver to flood and hurricane-stricken areas. Gwinnett Medical Center has admitted at least 20 patients from the Gulf Coast. Developers have opened vacant rental properties to the homeless. Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway and 16 deputies headed to Louisiana to lend a hand. Gwinnett schools are accepting refugee students. The impressive list runs on. Here is a recap of campaigns, drives and other efforts going on within the Daily Post's circulation area:
Local nonprofit and relief organizations, as well as local businesses, have mobilized to assist hurricane evacuees and victims. Here are a few ways to help out.
The Atlanta Salvation Army is collecting canned goods, personal hygiene items and snack items to distribute to evacuees. The center is serving the needs of more than 2,000 evacuees who have arrived in metro Atlanta. The Disaster Response Center, 3455 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including weekends. Donations can also be dropped at the Salvation Army's thrift stores, located at 3801 U.S. Highway 78 in Snellville and 4760 U.S. Highway 29 in Lilburn. Call 678-225-0885 or visit www.1800salarmy.org .
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is accepting donations of food and supplies for the thousands of evacuees who are arriving in the Atlanta area. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the food bank, 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. in Atlanta, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, or via www.acfb.org . Walk-in donations of food, toiletries or water can be dropped off at the food bank as well. Companies, schools or organizations wanting to raise money or hold a food drive for the food bank can call 404-419-1738.
Discover Mills Mall and WXIA-TV/Channel 11 are joining together to gather, ship and transport nonperishable items to assist people in Kenner, La. The groups are seeking donations of paper goods, water, toiletries, sleeping bags, diapers, formula, blankets, bedding items and other essential goods. Items can be dropped between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. through today at Discover Mills' Entrance 3. Call 678-847-5000.
Greater Atlanta Christian School is holding a prayer and financial collection for Katrina victims at a 9:30 a.m. special assembly today. The Georgia FFA FCCLA Camp is providing temporary housing for evacuees, and students have already delivered water, food, linens and hygiene items to the camp.
Peachtree Ridge High School, 1555 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee, is a drop-off point for several local schools and groups that have banded together to send needed items into remote areas of Louisiana. One 18-wheel truck left the school last night for Baton Rouge, where the items will be transported by boat to remote areas. Donations of toiletries, first-aid items, flip-flops and clothing will be accepted at the school for both transport to the Gulf Coast and to assist evacuees in the Atlanta area.
The city of Duluth has set up two locations to collect monetary donations for the Salvation Army or Red Cross. Residents can stop by City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Bunten Road Park until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Checks are preferred but receipts will be issued for cash donations as well, and donations will be accepted through September. Donations of nonperishable food items, bottled water and diapers will be accepted at the Foster Children's Foundation, 3777 Abbotts Bridge Road in Duluth. Call 770-476-3434.
The city of Grayson has set up a donation drop-off center in front of the Senior Center at Grayson City Park on Rosebud Road near Ga. Highway 20. The city is asking for donations of personal-care items, food and snack items, baby items, cardboard boxes, magic markers and packing tape. The center will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. weeknights and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. Call 770-963-8017 or visit www.cityofgrayson.org .
The city of Winder is asking that residents help the hurricane victims by writing checks to the American Red Cross and specifying the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund at the bottom of the check. Donations may be dropped off at the city of Winder Fire Department, 96 N. Broad St., or Winder City Hall, 45 E. Athens St. Call the Winder Fire Department at 770-867-3212.
The Impact Group, formerly Gwinnett Housing Resource Partnership, will provide 25 housing units in Lawrenceville and Norcross for victims of Hurricane Katrina. It is asking for donations of furniture, new or nearly new bedding, silverware and other items to set up home. The group will work with the state Department of Labor, the school system and local social service groups to help evacuees get settled. Call 678-808-4477 or visit www.theimpactgroup.org .
The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia has started a Katrina Hurricane Refugee Fund. All money will help Katrina refugees in the northeast Georgia area. Call Judy Waters at 770-813-3880.
Youth Elements of Success, in partnership with Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, is collecting items to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Donations of peanut butter, jelly, meat products and bottled water are suggested. Donations will be accepted at Youth Elements of Success Inc., 4568 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite 220, in Lilburn. Call 678-380-5580.
Local cooperative ministries are accepting food donations and money for items such as utility bills. The Bread of Life Food Ministry is located at 990 Martin's Chapel Road in Dacula; call 770-513-1007. The Duluth Co-op is located at 3317 Ga. Highway 120; call 770-623-9563. The Lawrenceville Co-op is located at 176 Church St.; call 770-339-7887. The Lilburn Co-op is located at 5329 Five Forks Trickum Road; call 770-931-8333. The Norcross Co-op is located at 2275 Mitchell Road; call 770-263-8268.
Partnership for Community Action is accepting clothing and monetary donations. It is located at 656 Indian Trail Road, Suite 205, in Lilburn. Call 770-564-1702.
Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Retirement Community is collecting toiletries, nonperishable food items, bottled water, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, bottles, formula, Children's Tylenol, miscellaneous clothing and more. All donations will be given to The Salvation Army. Items can be dropped in barrels in the lobby at Delmar Gardens, 3100 Club Drive in Lawrenceville. Call 770-923-3100.
The Gwinnett Daily Post office will be a drop-off location for donations to the Salvation Army and Red Cross. Items including canned goods, dry goods and personal hygiene items can be left in containers in the Post's lobby. Checks made out to the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross will also be accepted. Donations can be left at the newspaper's front office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Post is located at 725 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville, at the intersection of Old Norcross and Hurricane Shoals roads.
The Lawrenceville locations of Durango Steak House and O'Charley's are asking people to drop off bottled water, flashlights, batteries, personal medical supplies, personal hygiene supplies, rubbing alcohol and bug spray. Those who donate items will receive a free gift. Durango is located at 825 Duluth Highway, and O'Charley's is located at 830 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. Call Durango at 770-339-8544 or O'Charley's at 770-237-3788.
Sweet Tomatoes restaurants nationwide, including the Duluth location near Gwinnett Place Mall, will match hurricane relief donations with 5 percent of sales up to $10,000. Donations through Sept. 23 will be donated to the American Red Cross 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund. Visit www.sweettomatoes.com .
McDonald's restaurants in the 48-county greater Atlanta area will give all Ronald McDonald House Charities canister donations through Sept. 30 to the American Red Cross to assist in hurricane relief. McDonald's will match every dollar raised up to $2 million. The company will also match donations to the McDonald's Family Charity Inc., which will assist thousands of Gulf Coast McDonald's employees who have been displaced.
Shoppers at Harry's Farmers Market in Duluth can add money to their purchase to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Customers can pick up coupons at the cash register and make donations in $2 and $5 increments. Harry's Farmers Market is located at 2025 Satellite Point in Duluth. Call 770-416-6900 or visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com and click on the Hurricane Katrina link.
Safari Bar & Grill in Winder will host a Katrina disaster relief benefit concert, featuring local acoustic acts and bands, at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17. A $10 minimum donation will get you in. The restaurant is located at 189 W. Athens St. in Winder. Call 770-867-4875 or visit www.safarigrill.net .
The Atlanta Braves will donate $1 for every new ticket sold in September to the Mississippi American Red Cross and its hurricane relief efforts. Fans are asked to donate money, canned goods, toiletries, bug spray, phone and gas cards and baby necessities at any Braves home game in September. Donations will be distributed to victims by the American Red Cross.
The Atlanta Falcons have launched a number of fundraising activities to help the hurricane victims. Falcons 365 and falcons365.com will donate 10 percent of sales and collect donations through Monday for the American Red Cross. All donations given will also be matched by the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation. Visit www.atlantafalcons.com .
Some airlines and hotel chains are allowing frequent travelers to donate miles, points or cash to help hurricane relief efforts. Miles can be used to provide travel support for relief workers and hurricane victims, and hotel points can be exchanged for monetary donations to relief agencies. Participating airlines are American Airlines, America West, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, Midwest, Northwest and United Airlines. Participating hotels are Best Western, Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood.
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers are asking for blood donations to help supply hospitals in Alabama and Georgia that have accepted patients evacuated from communities destroyed by Katrina. LifeSouth is a nonprofit, volunteer blood center supplying more than 110 medical centers in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Anyone interested in donating blood or scheduling a blood drive can call 888-795-2707 or 404-329-1994.
Noah's Wish, a nonprofit animal rescue organization that has set up an emergency shelter in Slidell, La., is accepting donations to help animals affected by the hurricane. Call 530-622-9313 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Resources for evacuees
Gwinnett County has posted resources for hurricane evacuees on its Web site at www.gwinnettcounty.com and has also started a hot line at 678-518-4847 for evacuees or residents who have taken in evacuees. Callers can let county workers know how many people are staying with them and what their needs are. They can also call the United Way's hot line by dialing 211.
The Georgia Division of Public Health's Women, Infants and Children branch is temporarily waiving residency, identification and income eligibility for WIC food coupons. Any evacuees who are holding vouchers from Alabama and Louisiana WIC programs can cash their vouchers in Georgia.
The state's Division of Family and Children Services will stay open during the weekend to process temporary assistance for needy families and food stamp applications.
The Georgia Division of Public Health's Office of Pharmacy is working with the Georgia Partnership for Caring Foundation Inc. to provide access to free medications listed on evacuees' drug formularies and with the Department of Community Health to allow pharmacies to become providers for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama Medicaid. All displaced residents requesting assistance should call the Department of Human Resources Constituent Services at 404-651-6316 or 888-295-1769.
The U.S. Department of Labor is offering income support for hurricane victims. Programs include temporary jobs, unemployment insurance and disaster unemployment assistance. Workers do not have to return home to file a claim. Call 1-866-4-USA-DOL or visit www.dol.gov for full information.
Relief Homes of Georgia, an Internet-based registry intended to find temporary housing for evacuees in the Georgia area, is now online and functioning. Georgia residents who have space for at least one person for one week can register on the Web site. The group will work with local social service groups to match evacuees with temporary housing. Visit www.reliefhomesgeorgia.com .
Cannon Church will hold a hurricane support session at 7 p.m. today to counsel those who have evacuated to Atlanta in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Counselors from Covenant Counseling will be on hand. The session will be held in Room B-310 of the church, 2424 Webb Gin House Road in Snellville. Call 770-972-5463.
The U.S. Postal Service will reconnect displaced and evacuated hurricane victims with their mail. Customers who can should use the postal service's Internet or telephone change of address option at www.usps.com or 1-800-ASK-USPS. The Postal Service has also established an emergency phone line for displaced employees to check in. The toll-free number is 1-877-477-3273.
Carriage Nissan-Mitsubishi Milton Martin Honda in Gainesville is offering to relocate franchise employees and their families to fill certain positions that are open or that can be created at the dealerships.
The Georgia Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Georgia Children's Museum will offer free admission to hurricane victims through September. Visitors must show their Louisiana, Alabama or Mississippi driver's license.
The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. in Atlanta, is offering free tickets to any hurricane evacuees staying in Atlanta with a valid driver's license from Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama. To make a reservation, call 404-874-5299, ext. 0. Visit www.shakespearetavern.com .
- Compiled by staff writer Shelley Mann