Help is getting to Greensburg, but more's still needed
01/24/2008 5:15 PM
01/24/2008 5:15 PM
In addition to donations of money, a limited amount of supplies is being sought for the victims of last weekend's tornadoes.
Bath towels, for example, are needed by people even if they're staying with relatives, said Monique Garcia, a volunteer working with the Salvation Army in Haviland.
Denture cleaner is another item that has been requested by the older population of Greensburg than, say, the diapers that have already been donated, she said.
But kind-hearted people should keep in mind that the population of Greensburg is small, and if one person donates a case of denture cleaner, that will probably do it, said Brian Walker of the Kansas Food Bank, which is serving as a drop-off site for the items. People can call ahead before donating items to be sure they are still needed, Walker said. The phone number is 316-265-4421.
The Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas in Wichita, is storing the goods and sending them out as they're needed, controlling the amount that is delivered to Haviland, where storage space is limited, Walker said.
"That eliminates a disaster within a disaster," he said.
No clothing is being accepted for donation. Deliveries can be made to the Food Bank from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday. If you want to take something out Sunday, call first.
Here is the list of needed items. They should be new, not used.
Dog and cat food
HOW TO DONATE MONEY
Make checks payable to Green for Greensburg Fund and mail to United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202.
Salvation Army red kettles
You can drop cash or checks made out to "Salvation Army" at several places:
KAKE-TV, 1500 N. West St.
Clear Channel Radio, 9323 E. 37th St. North
Papa John's Pizza locations:
8918 W. 21st St.
2530 S. Seneca
220 W. Douglas
5231 E. Central
7777 E. 21st St.
8620 W. McCormick
7800 E. Harry
2111 W. 21st St.
5000 S. Broadway
420 S. Andover Road, Andover
625 N. Rock Road, Derby
1700 N. Main, Newton
501 E. 17th St., Hutchinson
Galichia Heart Hospital, 2610 N. Woodlawn
Donations can also be made by phone to 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), online at www.armykettle.com or mailed to 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Make donations three ways:
Call 800-RED-CROS (733-2767)
Mail a check to your local chapter, specifying it for Kansas tornadoes (in Wichita, that is the Midway-Kansas Chapter, P.O. Box 3726, Wichita, KS 67201).
Go online to www.redcross.org.
Today, Pizza Hut restaurants in central and western Kansas, including in Wichita, will donate a portion of all dine-in, carry-out and delivery sales to the United Way Greensburg disaster fund. A Pizza Hut was one of the businesses lost in the Greensburg tornado.
Make checks payable to Catholic Social Service and specify it for tornadoes. Mail to Catholic Social Service, 906 Central Ave., Dodge City, KS 67801.
United Methodist Kansas Area Disaster Fund
Make checks payable to Kansas West Conference and write Area Disaster Fund on the memo line. Mail to Kansas West Conference, 9440 E. Boston, Suite 110, Wichita, KS 66207.
Volunteer teams to help with cleanup and rebuilding in Greensburg will be coordinated in coming days. Those interested should call Bev Weber at 800-745-2350.
Mennonite Disaster Service
Donate online at www.mds.mennonite.net or mail check to MDS Binational Office, 1018 Main St., Akron, PA 17501.
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Call 800-55-CRWRC (552-7972)or make donations online at www.crwrc.org. Checks should be made out to CRWRC, earmarked Spring Storms 2007, and sent to 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560.
KEYN-FM/KFBZ-FM will have an on-air fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Listeners may call in and request a song for a minimum donation of $10. Cash, checks or credit cards accepted at 2120 N. Woodlawn, Suite 352. Information, Brad Horning, 316-685-2121.
KSN and KEYN radio will team up with Dillons grocery stores to broadcast a live telethon on Channel 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The telethon will include a phone bank that will take pledges of money for the victims. Dillons stores also are accepting donations at their registers.
Spirit AeroSystems and Spirit AeroSystems Good Neighbor Fund have donated $50,000 to the Red Cross to assist disaster efforts in the Greensburg and Macksville areas.
AT&T has given $50,000 to the Red Cross -- $30,000 for the Cannonball Trail Chapter to assist in tornado recovery in Greensburg and $20,000 to the chapters in areas of Kansas that have flooded.
AT&T will also provide emergency communications services to assist victims as they begin the recovery process.
AT&T has provided local officials in and around Greensburg with wireless phones and additional emergency phone lines.
For victims of the destruction in Greensburg, AT&T will provide a portable bank of public phones at the county courthouse grounds with free local and long-distance calling.
Koch Industries employees have donated more than $10,000 so far to relief efforts, and the company will match up to $25,000 of those gifts. The deadline for the corporate match is Tuesday. Another Koch company, Georgia-Pacific, has delivered two truckloads of products to shelters in the affected area.
The Salvation Army has given $82,027 in vouchers so far to people in Greensburg. The number of people receiving direct financial assistance is 344 families and 885 individuals. Its four canteens have served 6,160 meals.