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.
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.
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will donate all proceeds from recyclable goods brought to the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett between Thursday and Nov. 15 to the American Red Cross. The bank, at 4300 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth, will accept items between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Info: www.gwinnettcb.org.
The Gwinnett Shrine Club and the Lawrenceville Police Department will collect donations on almost every street corner in Lawrenceville through Sunday. 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.
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.
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. Friday and Saturday. Admission is a $10 minimum donation. Info: 770-867-4875 or www.safarigrill.net.
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 displaced child patients 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.
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.
Copeland's Famous New Orleans Restaurant & Bar, 3365 Piedmont Road in Atlanta, will host Brunch for the Bayou, a benefit for Habitat for Humanity's Operation Home Delivery for Hurricane Katrina Victims, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25. Info: www.copelandsatlanta.com.
Lanier Middle School students will raise money for the Red Cross by selling Chick-fil-A biscuits in the school's car pool line Friday morning. Lanier Middle is located at 918 Buford Highway in Buford.
Saint David's Community Center, next to Burlington Coat Factory in Discover Mills mall, is collecting clothing appropriate for job interviews, children's clothing, baby formula, diapers and hygiene items. It will also host a catered dinner and job fair for evacuees today. Info: 678-442-0092.
Maynor's restaurant, 39 E. Main St. in Buford, will hold a hurricane relief benefit concert from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. every Friday through September. Admission is a $5 donation.
A garage sale at 6320 Lake Windsor Parkway in Buford will raise money for a New Orleans family living in Sugar Hill. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Jackson EMC spokeswoman Bonnie Jones is asking for donations of business clothing for displaced women. Outfits that would be suitable for interviewing or starting work can be dropped off at Jackson EMC, 461 Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville, or United Way at the Gwinnett Chamber building in Duluth.
People Actively Concerned for Others, aka PACO of North Georgia, is asking for donations of money to held provide day care services for 30 displaced children. Info: 678-546-7777.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will collect Red Cross donations at its season opening concert Thursday through Saturday at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Info: www.woodruffcenter.org.
Philips Arena will host a Heal the Hood Hurricane Relief Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. Scheduled to appear are David Banner, Nelly, T.I., Lil' Jon and more. A donation of at least $25 per ticket will be donated to hurricane relief efforts. Info: www.ticketmaster.com.
Atlanta's Little Five Points neighborhood will pay tribute to New Orleans musicians with an Oct. 2 Crescent City Throwdown benefit. Proceeds will go to two groups helping New Orleans-based musicians. Info: www.crescentcitythrowdown.com.
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.
n 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 taken on 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.
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 noon today. 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. Info: 770-339-8544 or 770-237-3788.
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 in Duluth. Info: 770-416-6900 or www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
Resources for evacuees
Gwinnett County has posted resources for hurricane evacuees on its Web site at www.gwinnettcounty.com and also has 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.
n 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.
n 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.
n netWorks Online Entertainment and The Leader Within will offer free internet access, resume writing tool access and a resume seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 and 29 and Oct. 4 and 6 at Discover Mills Mall. Call 678-847-5744 to register.
n 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.
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