How You Can Help Hurricane Victims

American Red Cross:

Money Donations to the American Red Cross are always welcome. People can also make monetary donations to the Disaster Relief Fund at . You can also call 1-800-HELP-NOW. The Red Cross cannot accept food or clothing donations.

Local drop off points for Red Cross donations are:
Northwest Bank-
3106 N. Rockton
125 Phelps Ave
1100 Ralston Rd.-Machesney Park
4832N. Second-Loves Park

Rock Valley Federal Credit Union-
1201 Clifford Ave.

Amcore Bank-all locations

Road Ranger-all locations

Stillman Bank-all locations

U.S. Bank-all locations

First National Bank and Trust Company-all Stateline locations

Alpine Bank-All locations

The Belvidere National Bank and Trust-All locations

Salvation Army::
The Salvation Army, Sam's Club and Wal-Mart are also taking monetary Donations for hurricane victims. You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to make donations or go to their web site at
Or donations may be sent to The Salvation Army of Winnebago County earmarked "Disaster Relief" at P.O. Box 4159, Rockford, Il 61110. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water, and one household clean-up kit.

When you make a donation, the Salvation Army asks you to single out your donation for the hurricane victims.

Check on Family Members:
Those who are worried about family members in hurricane areas can inquire about them at or (847) 709-6700.

Ogle Co. Senior Services:
Accepting donations to buy water for Katrina victims.

Capron Fire & Rescue Squad, and North Boone Fire #3:
Drop Offs: Fire Stations: Caledonia, Poplar Grove, Capron Il.
Items: Food, Water, T. P., Soap, Shampoo, Tooth Brushes and Paste, Maxipads, $$$, etc.

Byron School District:
The Byron High School Student Council and Key Club are spearheading district-wide efforts to raise money to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the nation?s Gulf Coast. The effort began Tuesday with students manning tables to accept financial donations for hurricane relief. Anyone who would like to donate to the relief cause can take checks, made payable to the Byron School District, to one of the four principal?s offices in the district. Once the fundraising effort is complete, the district will write a check for the full amount to a relief agency chosen by the Student Council-Key Club coalition. Arrangements for a food and clothing drive will be announced later.

<Katrina's Homeless Pets to Get Help:
Pampered Pet Grooming is raising money for the animals who survived but are suffering due to Hurricane Katrina. Funds will go to the Humane Society of the U.S. Donations may be dropped off at Pampered Pets at 1423 N. Main St. from 9 to 3 M-F.

Rockford Bell Credit Union:
Donations accepted through September. Donations for the Red Cross and Winn. County Animal Services. Plus school supplies for "Kids for Katrina" to be accepted.

Winnebago County Clerk's Office:
Office at 404 Elm St. accepting kids' clothing, school supplies, bedding, socks, shoes; baby supplies; adults clothing, feminine supplies, towels, bedding, small appliances.
From 8-5 M-F.

Postal Shoppe Offers Discounts to Families Shipping to Gulf Coast
The program will provide help to family members who have experienced the direct impact of Hurricane Katrina. The program, developed by Larry and Patty Hinkle of the Postal Shoppe, will provide shipping assistance and a 50 percent discount to those wishing to ship clothes, food and other items to family members in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Call 397-7301 or 484-0940 for details.

Heartland Community Church:
Colonial Village Mall, former J.C. Penney space
Heartland Community Church needs volunteers to fold and sort clothes so when it arrives in Waveland, it can go immediately into the hands of those who need it.

Other efforts by Heartland Church include:
Colonial Village Mall will serve as the staging area for the main Heartland effort. You can drop off needed items by following the signs inside the mall. Hours for drop off are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For questions related to the Colonial Village Drop-Off Center: 815.543.9020 or 815.543.9025.
To be part of the volunteer team: 815.543.9020 or 815.543.9025
To contact Jon McNary, Hurricane Relief Point Person:

A Night in the Big Easy
Monday October 3, 2005
4:00 - 10:00
The Gun Club in Beloit, WI
1122 East Colley Road
New Orleans Buffet, from 4-8 p.m.
Entertainment, silent auction, door prizes, New Orleans drink specials, cash bar. Donation: $30 / person. Tickets available at the Gun Club and Town & Country Feed and Garden Center. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross... for victims of hurricane Katrina. For more information... please call Sylvia Waldsmith at Town & Country, (815)654-3333... or Cindy Dajka at The Gun Club, (608)362-9900.

Rockford Public Schools are taking on a charitable cause. The district is adopting three schools that were impacted by hurricane Katrina in southeast Mississippi. Guilford high school is collecting school supplies all week and will pack them up on Saturday. To find out how you can help call 654-4870.