Helping Out with Ike…

As many of you know, Hurricane Ike will be hitting the Texas coast this weekend (Houston/Galveston area). Thousands of evacuees will be taking shelter in Denton over the next few days.  Here are some immediate ways people can help…

The United Way of Denton County has opened a hurricane information hotline 940-566-2688. It will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, said Leah Jordan, of the United Way. The hotline will provide hurricane evacuees information about hotels, shelters, meals and other needs they might have. The agency also needs volunteers to answer phones. After hours, evacuees may call 211. Those wishing to help with the relief effort may also use the hotline or visit Volunteers may also contact the American Red Cross at 940-384-0880 or the Salvation Army at 940-566-3880

The Kraus Center, a residential treatment center in Katy, has sent 46 children ages 12 to 17 to the Nelson Children’s Center in Denton. Volunteers and contributions are needed to assist the Nelson Children’s Center in Denton, which serves 60 kids ages 5 to 15 who have been severely abused and neglected. On Thursday, Sept. 11, the center will receive another 46 young children, evacuees from one of its sister residential treatment centers. The additional children will be at the Denton center until Friday, Sept. 19. Volunteers are needed every day through next Friday to assist with four different daily shifts: 9 to 11 a.m., 12 to 3 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. The volunteers would be responsible for a variety of activities, such as playing games (sports and board games) and doing art projects with the children. Retired teachers are especially welcomed to help the children with their school work since they will be out of school for an entire week. An assortment of items is also needed at the Center, including: Hygiene products such as shampoo, soaps and lotion. Board games, Art supplies, Flash lights, etc… If interested, please contact Rebekah Chase, the director of volunteer services, for the Center at 940.484.8232 or The Center is located at 4601 I-35N in Denton.

The Salvation Army, 1500 E. McKinney St., is collecting diapers, baby wipes, infants’ packs, playpens, bottled water, bath towels, individually packaged snacks and large canned goods.

Volunteers are needed to assist in various ways beginning Thursday night through Monday. Thursday night’s volunteers are needed to help with the registration  Beginning Friday, five volunteers are needed for each of the day’s three meals. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Also, 2 to 3 volunteers are needed for laundry duty on Friday through Monday from noon to 6 p.m. Volunteers will receive, sort, wash, dry, fold and distribute clothes back to the evacuees. To volunteer, tell the guards at the camp gate that you there on behalf of The Village Church and there to assist. Directions to the camp can be found on its Web site. For any further questions, contact Jim Burke at 940.594.5280.

Financial Donations to help agencies the United Way of Denton County has identified as helping hurricane evacuees can be made at The United Way office, 625 Dallas Drive, Suite 525 or at two branches of First State Bank, 400 W. Oak St. and 1400 N. Corinth St., Suite 101, Corinth.

I’ll update this post as more opportunities arise.  There will no doubt be cleanup and recovery trips heading down to the coast in the next few days.

(HT: Denton Record Chronicle / Village Church / United Way)


~ by Shea Sumlin on September 11, 2008.

One Response to “Helping Out with Ike…”

  1. I would love to help, don’t have cash. However am a good hard working individual who can volunteer time. I do framing, painting, Electrical, Plumbing and most aspects of construction.

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