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.
Empire Beauty School will participate in a National Day of Beauty from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at the school, 1455 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 105, Lawrenceville. The school will provide hair, skin, nail and beauty services and hold a raffle, and all money raised will go to the Red Cross for hurricane relief. Info: 770-564-0725.
Supplies to help Feed the Children aid hurricane victims may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Oct. 15 at Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division, 3400 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Suwanee. Info: www.feedthechildren.org.
Books-A-Million stores, including the Lawrenceville location at Discover Mills mall, are accepting cash donations for Salvation Army relief efforts. Info: www.booksamillion.com.
Gwinnett Federal Credit Union has donated $10,000 to assist Katrina evacuees through the Georgia Credit Union Foundation. Gwinnett Federal has also loaned SUVs to two employees of the Louisiana Credit Union League and offered to open accounts for Katrina evacuees.
A cooking demonstration with Christian Czerwonka of Emeril's Atlanta will hold a cooking demonstration at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Harry's Farmers Market, 1180 Upper Hembree Road in Roswell. Cost is $60, and all proceeds will benefit the Red Cross. Info: 770-442-3354 or www.harrysfarmersmarket.com.
A clothes closet for female evacuees seeking new jobs is being organized by members of Gwinnett Women's Legacy of the United Way, Gwinnett Chamber, Jackson County Women in Business and Athens Women in Business. Donations of business-appropriate outfits that are clean, in good condition and on clothes hangers may be dropped off at the United Way offices in the Gwinnett Chamber building in Duluth or the Jackson EMC office, 461 Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville through Friday. Evacuees can pick up the clothes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at St. David's Community Church Outreach Center, Discover Mills Entrance 6, Space 645.
The Gwinnett Sheriff's Department is collecting dog food, cat food, crates, shampoo, leashes, collars, toys and other pet supplies, to be sent to animal rescue centers along the Gulf Coast, through today. Info: 770-822-3120 or 770-822-3839.
n 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 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.
St. David's Community Center, next to Burlington Coat Factor in Discover Mills Mall is collecting clothing appropriate for job interviews, children's clothing, baby formula, diapers and hygiene items. Info: 678-442-0092.
P.A.C.O. (People Actively Concerned for Others) of North Georgia Inc. is asking for donations of money to held provide day care services for 30 displaced children. Info: 678-546-4777.
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. week nights 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 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.
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 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.
- Compiled by staff writer