Sunday, September 04, 2005

How WNC can help Hurricane Katrina victims

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Staff writers at The Citizen-Times report:

Call the Red Cross at 258-3888. Help victims by contributing to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling (800) 435-7669 or (800) 257- 7575 (in Spanish).

Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the local American Red Cross chapter at 100 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Internet users can make a secure online credit card contribution by visiting Blood donors are also requested to give.

The Red Cross is providing Gulf Coast evacuees with food, clothing and medicine. Agency officials said they cannot accept donations from the public of used clothing or canned food.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Corp. office at 204 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801; mailing address is P.O. Box 1778, Asheville, NC 28802; call 253-4723.

Hearts With Hands
The Hearts With Hands warehouse is at 951 Sandhill Road in Asheville. Call 667-1912, (800) 726-9185 or go to the Web at

America’s Second Harvest
America’s Second Harvest — The Nation’s Food Bank Network, Development, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601. (800) 771-2303.

Samaritan’s Purse
Call (800) 665-2843 to donate. Visit for information.

Park Ridge Hospital
Naples Road, Fletcher. Collection boxes for cash and check donations are in the hospital’s main lobby at the information desk. Check should be made out to Hearts with Hands, indicating hurricane relief.

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Call (800) 395-5102, Ext. 341, to volunteer. Send a check to N.C. Baptist Men, P.O. Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512. Designate your check for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Efforts. You may also give online at

Visit to donate.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse
Collecting in-store customer donations or online at for Lowe’s Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Professional Paddlesports Association
Send donations to Professional Paddlesports Association, 7432 Alban Station Blvd., Suite B-232, Springfield, VA 22150. Visit, call (800) 789-2202 or e-mail for details.

MANNA FoodBank
The drive has been extended until Sept. 15. Financial donations for Hurricane Relief are being directed America’s Second Harvest. MANNA still needs only the items listed, and for even more efficiency, is asking people to pool their resources, if possible, and buy cases of those items.

Requested items:

Peanut butter and ready-to-eat meals (beef stew, chili, etc.) plus disposable diapers, paper plates and cleaner/disinfectants.

Drop-off locations include:

• The American Red Cross (Edgewood Road, Asheville)

• U.S. Postal Service offices in 16 Western North Carolina counties

• All Ingles stores in the 16 WNC counties MANNA serves

• MANNA FoodBank (Swannanoa River Road near the WNC Nature Center)

• Earth Fare in Asheville

• Bank of Asheville — 665-3998 (Asheville, Candler, Leicester, South Asheville)

• Charlotte Street Computers — 779-8305

• Grove Arcade — 225-3050

• YMCA, downtown — 210-9652

• Asheville Chevrolet — 281-9603

• Thrill of the Hunt Antiques — 274-7711

• Gallerie Salon — 684-3004

• Southeastern Fitness & Rehab — 274-2188

• Asheville Citizen-Times

• Asheville High School

• Asheville-Buncombe United Way, 50 S. French Broad Ave.

• Sylva — Nursing Network — 631-9735

• Hendersonville — YMCA Youth Center — 693-7669

Call 299-3663 for more information on items needed or to arrange a pickup.


jay said...

Jaybird here. Wanted to pass this along for those who want to connect about this and honor the displaced and suffering:

Dear Friends,

As the cataclysmic events of the past week have unfolded with increasing horror and dismay, I realized that while the flow of funds to the Red Cross have increased, there is still something missing in our national response. We recall that after 9/11, there was a tremendous national outpouring of compassion and sympathy for those who were killed or traumatized by the events... flags were at half-mast, ribbons were worn, and the nation unified (at least temporarily) to rally around New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Candlelight vigils were everywhere, and the nation was told to pray.

This time, this hasn't quite happened... yet. The wave of compassion that overtook America after 9/11 and the Asian tsunami is beginning to form, but it needs a push. I've heard many reasons why our compassion is only on first or second gear right now, but what matters now is that we push all of that aside for now and stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of new American homeless. They are our sisters and brothers, without the beds, the food, and the community that we so cherish and sometimes forget we have.

So, we'll take some time on Sunday, September 4th at 7pm at City/County Plaza to honor the fallen, and those struggling to survive. We'll honor New Orleans, Mobile, and Biloxi with a light of appreciation for these cities and hope for their rebuilding. We'll honor the children whose lives have been upturned. We'll honor all these with a flickering flame, a few words, and silence. I would deeply appreciate you spreading the word on this... and, despite the great temptation, the goal is to stand as one. While inaction to help the victims has turned the situation political, I'd like this gathering to remain apolitical. This is about people, the ecology, and the nation as a whole. This is, first and foremost, about compassion, and doing something powerful with it.

Thank You!
~jay joslin

PS: I have been instructed by APD to ask people to refrain from carrying signs on sticks, and to assure that the lit candles do not drip wax. We do not have a permit but are being allowed to gather in a First Amendment capacity. Please bring your candles in a votive form or in stick form with some kind of "wax catcher."

PPS: I've never organized anything like this before. Any logistical help from 'old hands' would be great!

ash said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Uptown Ruler said...


check your email, please post this on blogasheville


syntax said...

i mirrored the comment on my blog as well. i'll try to be there.

Edgy Mama said...

Thanks, Jay. I'll try to come support you, kids permitting.

1000 black lines said...

Thanks Uptown Ruler for the list of places helping Hurricane Katrina victims. I heard that BiLo is matching money donations (i.e. I donate $20 and BiLo donates $20). Does anyone know if that is true?