SIKESTON - A communitywide effort is underway to gather canned goods which will be distributed to those most in need.
Beginning Tuesday, canned goods will be accepted at six official drop-off locations. Canned goods can be left from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 17 at pick-up truck with the pop-up tent in the parking lot of Aldi's, Food Giant, Market Place, Piggly Wiggly, Sav-A-Lot and Wal-Mart.
Each drop-off location will be manned by members of local church congregations.
These items will be taken each evening to a central location then transferred to a truck which will delivery the canned goods to a Convoy of Hope Warehouse in Springfield. Convoy of Hope is working in conjunction with the federal relief efforts now under way.
MATTHEWS -- The Big Prairie Jaycees in Matthews will conduct a fish fry fund-
raiser for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Matthews Community Building. Admission is donation only, and all proceeds will benefit hurricane victims.
EAST PRAIRIE -- From now through Sept. 6, the East Prairie Fire Department is collecting items to help the Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss., area victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Items needed include water, personal items, cleaning supplies, blankets, sanitizers, wet wipes, clothes, H&B supplies, first aid supplies, nonperishable food, money (gas, etc.). All donations will go to hurricane victims as distributed by the Red Cross. Items may be dropped off at the East Prairie Fire Department. For more information, call 649-3940 or 649-5245.
NEW MADRID - The New Madrid County Service Unit of the Salvation Army is asking residents and organizations to assist victims of the Gulf Coast Hurricane. Donations can be sent to: New Madrid County Service Unit, Salvation Army, 406 Highway 61, New Madrid, MO 63869. Attention: Jerry Lathum. Please note on th check that the money is to aid the Gulf Coast Hurricane Victims. This will speed the funds directly to those in need in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
SIKESTON - Westridge Place is seeking to aid the 20 families now being housed in the Benton area. Monetary donations of all sizes are accepted. For more information contact a staff member of the Westridge Place or call 471
BENTON - The employees of Scott County will conduct a Hurricane Relief Bake Sale on Sept. 8 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through the day.
The sale will include baked goods and lunches and will be held in the lobby of the Scott County Courthouse. All proceeds will be donated to local relief efforts to help those displaced by the hurricane.
CHARLESTON -- Beginning Tuesday and ending Friday, the city of Charleston is collecting items for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
All nonperishable foods, including adult, children, infant and pet items, bottled water and paper products should be taken to the Charleston Police Station. Clothing should be taken to the Charleston First Baptist Church, Scheffer's Printing or State Farm Insurance Agency in Charleston.