AID GIVEN

05/21/2007 1:01 AM

01/24/2008 5:15 PM

Approximately 100 Farm Bureau Financial Services agents and employees worked the area four miles south of Maxwell on Friday to clear debris from farm fields. The employees and agents drove from Manhattan to help.

The Knights of Columbus' Emergency Disaster Aid Program distributed nearly $50,000 in vouchers to tornado victims in the Greensburg areas May 9. The vouchers can be used to purchase food, clothing and medicine at stores in nearby towns. The Supreme Council on the national level provided $10,000 and councils across Kansas are working to raise the rest. Donations can be sent to: Knights of Columbus State Treasurer Mark Roth, 2164 N. Carlton, Liberal, KS 67901, and marked for Tornado Relief.

Westar Energy and its employees have provided Greensburg with a transformer, voltage regulators and fuses.

The equipment provides a temporary substation that will be used to provide electricity to temporary FEMA housing as well as meeting needs for lighting and construction as the city begins to rebuild.

Employee groups are having donation drives to raise money and collect personal items for organizations to help those displaced by the storm.

Wichita's Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary School raised more than $600 to help Greensburg elementary school students by allowingstaff and students to wear jeans to school Friday if they donated money.

How to donate

Sunflower Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area Inc. and Kansas Conservation Partners are collecting new or used items and charitable donations for tornado survivors.

Items requested are 12- to 20-gallon sized covered plastic storage containers/totes; work gloves in men's medium through extra-large sizes; waterless hand cleaner, any size; and strapping or packing tape.

The items can be dropped off at conservation district offices in the Sunflower RC&D area as well as at the RC&D office.

Drop-off points are open between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

They are: Harper County Conservation District, 803 Fanning, Anthony; Comanche County Conservation District, 103-105 N. New York, Coldwater; Cowley County Conservation District, 2118 East Ninth Ave., Suite B, Winfield; Sumner County Conservation District, 320 N. Jefferson Ave., Wellington; Kingman County Conservation District, 1137 E. U.S. 54, Kingman; Pratt County Conservation District, 299 Northeast S.R. 61, Pratt; Barber County Conservation District, 800 W. Third Ave., Medicine Lodge; and Sunflower RC&D Area Inc. office, 705 E. Main, Harper, KS 67058, which is also accepting tax-deductible donations.

To donate, make checks payable to Sunflower RC&D Area, Inc. for the Greensburg Area Relief Fund. For more information on how to help with relief efforts, call 620-896-7378.cq

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