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Hurricane How to Help

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 for the more than 2,000 evacuees in metro Atlanta. The Disaster Response Center, 3455 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville, is open from 9 a.m. to

7 p.m., including weekends. Call 678-225-0885 or visit www.1800salarmy.org.

The American Red Cross Metropolitan Atlanta chapter is asking Gwinnett residents to give blood and donate money. Info: 1-800-HELP NOW or www.atlantaredcross.org.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is accepting food and supplies. Money, food, toiletries and water 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. Info: 404-419-1738.

Discover Mills Mall and WXIA-TV/Channel 11 are gathering and transporting nonperishable items to Kenner, La. The groups will accept paper goods, water, toiletries, sleeping bags, diapers, formula, blankets, bedding items, etc., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until today at Discover Mills' Entrance 3. Info: 678-847-5000.

Peachtree Ridge High School, 1555 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee, is a drop-off point for several local schools and groups. One 18-wheel truck left the school Tuesday for Baton Rouge. Donations of toiletries, first-aid items, flip-flops and clothing will be accepted.

Local cooperative ministries are accepting donations of food and money. 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 donations of clothing and money at 656 Indian Trail Road, Suite 205, in Lilburn. Info: 770-564-1702.

Meadowcreek High School's FCCLA, SEAL and SQUAD are sponsoring a faculty/student flag football game at 1 p.m. Monday to raise money to the Red Cross.

Boy Scout troop 598 and Cub Scout pack 598 will be out at Kroger grocery stores in Hamilton Mill, Buford and Suwanee between 9 a.m. and

3 p.m. today collecting nonperishable food, health and beauty items, baby items and bottled water for the Salvation Army and local cooperative ministries.

Field of Dreams Gun Dog Rescue Inc. will hold a dog rescue benefit yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 1505 Oak Road in Snellville. Household items, furniture and baked goods will be sold, and clothing and items for hurricane victims will be collected. Info: www.gundogrescue.org.

Stone Mountain Park will match Red Cross donations (up to $20,000) collected from festival shoppers during this week's annual Yellow Daisy Festival. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Info: www.stonemountainpark.com.

The Gwinnett Shrine Club and the Lawrenceville Police Department will be on almost every street corner in Lawrenceville through Sept. 18, collecting donations for hurricane relief. Half the proceeds will go to police departments in Louisiana and the rest will be split between the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Donations also can be dropped at a command post at Reeves Tire and Auto, 182 Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol will hold a barbecue and car wash Saturday to benefit the Red Cross. The event will run from

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 251, located at 2760 Ga. Highway 120 in Duluth.

Keith Urban's "Livin' Right Now" concert DVD will be released in movie theaters nationwide, including Regal Mall of Georgia 20 in Buford, at 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Urban will donate a portion of the proceeds from this one-time showing to the American Red Cross.

Duluth residents can drop off money donations for the Salvation Army or Red Cross at City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Bunten Road Park until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations of nonperishable food items, bottled water and diapers will be accepted at the Foster Children's Foundation, 3777 Abbotts Bridge Road in Duluth. Info: 770-476-3434.

Grayson residents can drop off donations of personal-care items, food and snack items, baby items, cardboard boxes, magic markers and packing tape in front of the Senior Center at Grayson City Park on Rosebud Road near Ga. Highway 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. weeknights and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. Info: 770-963-8017 or www.cityofgrayson.org.

Winder residents can drop off check donations to the Red Cross at the Winder Fire Department, 96 N. Broad St., or Winder City Hall, 45 E. Athens St. Specify Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund at the bottom of the check. Info: 770-867-3212.

The Impact Group will provide 25 housing units in Lawrenceville and Norcross and is seeking donations of furniture, new or nearly new bedding, silverware and other items to set up home. Info: 678-808-4477 or www.theimpactgroup.org.

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Club have undertaken several hurricane relief efforts: Street Smarts is gathering nonperishables and personal-care items for the Red Cross. Info: 770-813-0882.

The Gwinnett Auto Dealers Forum of the Chamber of Commerce will collect donations to assist displaced automobile dealers of the Mississippi Auto Dealers Association. Info: 678-584-2255.

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia has started a Katrina Hurricane Refugee Fund. All money will help Katrina refugees in the northeast Georgia area. Info: 770-813-3880.

Youth Elements of Success and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless are collecting peanut butter, jelly, meat products and bottled water at Youth Elements of Success Inc., 4568 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite 220, in Lilburn. Info: 678-380-5580.

Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Retirement Community is collecting toiletries, nonperishable food, bottled water, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, bottles, formula, Children's Tylenol and clothing for the Salvation Army in the lobby at 3100 Club Drive in Lawrenceville. Info: 770-923-3100.

Branch Christian Community School, 263 Jackson St. in Lawrenceville, is collecting new and gently used teddy bears between

9 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays through Thursday.

The Gwinnett Daily Post office will collect checks and items including canned goods, dry goods and toiletries for the Red Cross and Salvation Army in the lobby from 8 a.m. to

5 p.m. weekdays. The Post is located at 725 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville.

n The Boutique Armoire, a children's consignment store in Suwanee, will donate a portion of proceeds from its consignment sale next week, as well as donating leftover items. Hours are

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Info: 770-277-5361 or www.boutiquearmoire.com.

The Lawrenceville locations of Durango Steak House, 825 Duluth Highway, and O'Charley's, 830 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, are collecting bottled water, flashlights, batteries, medical supplies, personal hygiene supplies, rubbing alcohol and bug spray. Those who donate will receive a free gift. Info: 770-339-8544 or 770-237-3788.

Metro Atlanta McDonald's restaurants will give all Ronald McDonald House Charities canister donations through Sept. 30 to the American Red Cross. McDonald's will match every dollar raised up to $2 million.

At Harry's Farmers Market in Duluth, customers can pick up coupons at the cash register and make donations in $2 and $5 increments to the American Red Cross. Harry's Farmers Market is located at 2025 Satellite Point. Info: 770-416-6900 or www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Safari Bar & Grill, located at 189 W. Athens St. in Winder, will host a disaster relief benefit concert, featuring local acoustic acts, bands and special guest Brett Welding, a New Orleans singer/songwriter, at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17. Admission is a $10 minimum donation. Info: 770-867-4875 or www.safarigrill.net.

My Friend's Place, 911 Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville, is collecting donations of nonperishable food, diapers, toilet paper, water and clothing for the Salvation Army through today. Info: 678-215-2334.

The RE/MAX Center Charity Golf Classic on Oct. 3 at Northwood Country Club in Lawrenceville will benefit the Children's Miracle Network and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which has taken in sick children displaced from Mississippi and Louisiana hospitals and is also offering jobs to displaced workers. Info: 678-804-2428.

The Atlanta Animal Alliance, through its LifeSaver Fund program, is collecting money to give to animal organizations along the Gulf Coast. Info: www.justgiving.com/pfp/katrinaanimals.

The Atlanta Braves will donate $1 for every new ticket sold in September to the Mississippi American Red Cross. Red Cross donations of money, canned goods, toiletries, bug spray, phone and gas cards and baby necessities will be collected at Braves home games in September.

Through Monday, the Atlanta Falcons will donate 10 percent of sales and collect donations for the American Red Cross. All donations will be matched by the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation. Info: www.atlantafalcons.com.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, a nonprofit, volunteer blood center, is asking for blood donations to help evacuated patients. Info: 888-795-2707 or 404-329-1994.

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.

The IRS has announced that victims of Hurricane Katrina will have until Jan. 3 to file tax returns, pay taxes and make deposits that are due. The announcement applies to items due on or after Aug. 29 and is applicable on in specific counties. Info: IRS.gov or 1-866-562-5227.

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 Georgia Division of Public Health's Office of Pharmacy is working with the Georgia Partnership for Caring Foundation Inc. to provide access to medications. Info: 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. Info: 1-866-4-USA-DOL or www.dol.gov.

Georgia residents who have space for at least one evacuee for one week can register on Relief Homes of Georgia, an Internet-based registry intended to find temporary housing for evacuees in the Georgia area. The group will work with local social service groups to match evacuees with temporary housing. Info: www.reliefhomesgeorgia.com.

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.

Wal-Mart has established a gift registry system for evacuees to inform friends and family members of their immediate needs. Friends and family can check out the wish lists and buy items online or at the store and have them shipped to an address the evacuee gives. Info: www.walmart.com.

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.

Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center will take on artists from Young Audiences of Louisiana, a sister chapter of the Atlanta branch, who are staying in Georgia. The group also hopes to help the artists find work in Atlanta-area schools. Info: 404-733-5328.

n The Georgia Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Children's Museum and the New American Shakespeare Tavern are among the groups offering free admission to hurricane victims through September. Visitors must show their Louisiana, Alabama or Mississippi driver's license.

- Compiled by staff writer Shelley Mann