Thursday, September 08, 2005

Great Website Resource

I have to apologize for not keeping this up the last few days. Frankly there's been little time. The City of Columbia has seen a tremendous outpouring of support for the victims of this terrible situation starting to find their way to our town. We have had a luxury many have not - the gift of a little time...the Mayor's office has set up a wonderful place on their website that does a much better job of providing important information. I recommend anyone needing to find numbers for government services refer to this page. I know that long-term plans are being made by every department and agency to accomodate needs as they arise. If there is something that is not listed there, feel free to email me and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.

Columbia Cares

Monday, September 05, 2005

Elisabeth's Charity Benefit

Elisabeth's Hurricane Katrina Charity Benefit
Posted by Mary Burrell

September 4, 2005 11:22:00 AM

Start Date: 9/12/2005
End Date: 9/12/2005

Help our community support the victims of Hurricane Katrina by joining us Monday, September 12th for an evening of food, music and fun! Tickets are $50 each and include beer, wine and heavy hors d'oeurves. There will be live music, a raffle and a silent auction including a $100 Elisabeth's gift card, a signed & #'d Charleston print, a cooking class with Chef John Militello, golf accessories, a $50 Fatz Cafe gift card, a Bath and Body gift basket, a Todd & Moore gym bag full of sports accessories, a Miss Rachel's famous cake and much more! 100% of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana and Mississippi (donated to the American Red Cross). Advanced tickets for sale at Elisabeth's Restaurant (224 O'Neil Ct.) or by phone (803)419-0380. Or call for more information! Thanks for the support!!

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How to Help in Columbia

Link to article

The Midlands needs your help to care for hurricane victims
Posted by Bob McAlister

September 5, 2005 11:00:00 AM

Columbia is a refuge for the hurricane victims. At this writing, it is unclear when they will begin coming in large numbers, but there's no question that the Midlands' resources will be tested once it begins.

Make checks to SC Cares. Drop them by at 1928 Taylor St. beginning Tuesday (the day after Labor Day) or mail the checks to: SC Cares, Box 1705, Columbia, SC 29202.

They will also need the basics. Please drop the following items at the Cooperative Ministry, 1928 Taylor Street, beginning Tuesday. Prefer new stuff. Will accept clean, used items in good condition. Here's what they need:

Clothing, towels and wash cloths, sheets, pillows and pillowcases, toiletry items, shoes (not dress shoes).

There is a pressing need for new socks and underwear for both children and adults.

Non-perishable food items should be taken to Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road.

A good project for church and civic groups:
The less sorting that the Cooperative Ministry has to do, the better. So we are asking people to prepare Welcoming Packages that can be handed to the victims when they get on the ground.

Each kit should contain: Toothbrush and toothpaste, soap bar, shampoo, deodorant, comb and brush. These items should be placed in a Ziplock-type plastic bag and sealed. Take them to 1928 Taylor Street beginning Tuesday.

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Local Concert for Katrina Relief - Five Points 9/8

Katrina Relief Concert
Posted by M D McDaniel

September 4, 2005 1:06:00 PM

Start Date: 9/8/2005
End Date: 9/8/2005

Enlarge5 Points Fountain Thursday, Sept 8, 6:30-10:30 Stillhouse, Hot Lava Monsters, Tootie & the Jones All proceeds go to the Red Cross.

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Posted By: Debmcd (04/09/2005 6:57:42 PM)

Comment: Plenty of parking around Hardee's and Food Lion.

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

WNOK and WACH57 Fundraiser for The Red Cross 9/6/05

Link to Information on WNOK

COLUMBIA CARES: Hurricane Katrina Relief

104.7 WNOK is teaming up with WACH Fox 57 and you to help the many people affected by Hurricane Katrina!
Tuesday, September 6th 12p to 6p please stop by 2751 Bull Street across from The American Red Cross Building to donate money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

And Thank You... for doing what you can...

Ongoing relief efforts

Municipal Association of SC

Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

Below is a listing of on-going relief efforts. Please check back on regular basis as the site will be updated as new information is available.

There is now mitigation grant funding that is available from FEMA through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. The application period for the 2006 funding cycle is now open. Please see the attached flyer from the Emergency Management Division for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Putnam at the Emergency Management Division.

Several South Carolina municipalities are sending assistance to help in the gulf states. If your SC municipal government is providing assistance, please let Mary Brantner, MASC communications manager know. MASC is trying to keep a comprehensive list of municipal assistance (PDF) being provided to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

The Mississippi Municipal League is compiling contact information to help coordinate with communities on the coast and throughout the State of Mississippi which were affected by Hurricane Katrina as well as with relief agencies. These communities need individuals who are able to help and understand how to repair and rebuild the critical infrastructure needed for citizens day to day lives so that they can start rebuilding their communities. Visit the Mississippi Municipal League's web site ( to complete a contact information form if you can provide assistance.

In an effort to coordinate professional assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina, The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing has established a bulletin board. Public procurement professionals from the hard-hit areas of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are encouraged to post their needs (supplies, services, technical assistance). Persons and agencies wishing to offer assistance should check this site on a regular basis – as appeals for help will be added as new postings on a regular basis.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has compiled a list of organizations collecting cash donations to help hurricane victims as well as voluntary agencies looking for people to help in the Gulf Coast region. The agency’s website,, has a complete list of voluntary organizations.

Senator Clyburn's Efforts

Link to Article on WLTX

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolinians are opening their buildings to evacuees from Hurricane Katrina.

Public and private groups across the state are trying to find places to house thousands of people displaced when the hurricane came ashore along the Gulf Coast on Monday.

Sixth District Representative Jim Clyburn wants to house up to five thousand evacuees in empty military housing and large public buildings like abandoned shopping malls.

But Clyburn says he can't find a way to get the people to South Carolina.

In Greenville, city officials say they can house up to 12-hundred people at the Palmetto Expo Center.

Tony Santaella, Producer

Updated: 9/3/2005 5:58:42 PM

Associated Press

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Statement from USC President Andrew Sorenson

Link to Article on USC website

September 2, 2005

President Sorensen's statement offering assistance
to college students and faculty displaced by Hurricane Katrina

We are so proud of our Carolina family and the offers so many of you have made to help the people affected by Hurricane Katrina. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this devastating hurricane. I have met with Columbia Mayor Bob Coble, Congressman Jim Clyburn and other public officials to promote the integration of federal, state and local assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The University is prepared to assist with our institutional resources where possible.

Several students displaced by the storm have already contacted us and we are doing everything we can to accommodate their requests. Undergraduate students interested in studying at USC should contact Scott King in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803 777-4067 or via email for further details. Graduate Students should contact Dr. Chris Ebert at 803 777-2808 or via email at Law students displaced by the storm should contact Paul Rollins at 803 777-6605 or via email at

Furthermore, we have more than 100 students from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama attending USC. The Office of Student Affairs is prepared to assist those students as necessary. Please refer any student affected by the hurricane to the campus ombudsperson, Ms. Mary David Fox at 803 777-5116 or via email at

A number of you have called offering office space or housing for faculty and staff colleagues displaced by the storm. After coordinating with your Department Chairs and Deans, contact Dr. Ted Moore at 777-2808 or via email at

Many have asked how you might directly help victims. We have appointed Renee Gibson, the Public Information Director for our Institute for Families in Society, as USC’s liaison to the American Red Cross. If you wish to give monetary donations to the Red Cross or other relief agencies, we ask that you send money directly to the agency of your choice. For information on volunteer needs of the Red Cross and to contact Renee, please see the website or email her directly at

The Carolina administration thanks you for all your assistance to help our colleagues, students and residents affected by Katrina. Your concern for others, their feelings and their needs truly embodies the spirit of the Carolinian Creed.

--Andrew A. Sorensen

Initial Fund Raising In Columbia

Link to Article on WIS-TV

(Columbia) September 3, 2005 - The fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina that aired on WIS has earned more than $300,000 thanks to the generosity of the community.
While the phone lines are closed, the Red Cross is continuing its effort to collect funds for those in need. If you are interested in donating, you can do so in the following ways.
Send checks to:
American Red Cross of Central South CarolinaPO Box 91Columbia, SC 29201

Donate by phone with a credit card:Call 803-540-1215 between 8:30 am - 5:00 pm weekdays, or leave a message after hours and we'll return your call the following business day.

Or donate online at:
Local Red Cross - Columbia SC

Food Drive 9/3/05 to 9/11/05 SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Help for Hurricane Victims coming to South Carolina

Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in partnership with Harvest Hope Food Bank will be conducting a non perishable food drive from Saturday September 3, 2005 to Sunday September 11, 2005. “Over 5000 refugees will need food here in South Carolina” observed Emily Crow of Harvest Hope, “We need energy bars, beef jerky, peanut butter, canned meals, soups, stews, chili, plates, bowls, utensils, bleach, disinfectants, and diapers.” The truck will be located at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Bld (Highway 378 across from Publix) beginning
Saturday morning.

1. “The people of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana need our hospitality, our help, our money
and our prayers,” observed Rev. Bill Green, “at this time the best act of care we can provide is
through Harvest Hope and the food bank networks, so that when the interstate trucking
companies are ready to role, so are we.” Greg Senn of Senn Brothers Fruits and Vegetables has
donated a sixteen-foot trailer for our use. “We are always glad to help our neighbors,” said Greg
when he received the call for help.
Be Smart In Helping, No Clothing Please
“While people have lost their homes and their material goods, we do not need to send clothes
right now. Our experience with previous storms is that we end up with warehouses of unneeded
clothes,” said Rev. Green “We want to encourage people to take the following steps:

1) Pray for our neighbors.
2) Give Blood on September 18th at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian, call 359-7770.
3) Give generously to the need through the Red Cross, or the Presbyterian Disaster Relief
Assistance through your local church. For more information, check the website:
4) Bring nonperishable goods to the drive.
5) Volunteer and be trained as a Red Cross worker and give up 2-4 weeks in the next six months
as a volunteer.”

Special Opportunity
On Sunday September 11 we will collect frozen turkeys and have a frozen food truck. On your
way to worship, please drop off a turkey. Harvest Hope will use these turkeys to feed our local
hungry. WMHK is our partner in this Turkey Drive.

Initial News about Columbia's Efforts

Yesterday, City and State officials began meeting in preparation of Hurricane Katrina survivors coming to the area. Plans for housing and other basic needs are now being formulated. As specifics become available I will link them here. This is the article in today's newspaper concerning initial plans:

South Carolina opens doors to evacuees

Phone Numbers of Charitable Organizations Nationwide

Donate cash

American Red Cross (800) HELP NOW (435-7669) English; (800) 257-7575 Spanish

Operation Blessing (800) 436-6348

America's Second Harvest (800) 344-8070

To donate cash or volunteer

Adventist Community Services (800) 381-7171

Catholic Charities, USA (800) 919-9338

Christian Disaster Response (941) 956-5183 or (941) 551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (800) 848-5818

Church World Service (800) 297-1516

Convoy of Hope (417) 823-8998

Lutheran Disaster Response (800) 638-3522

Mennonite Disaster Service (717) 859-2210

Nazarene Disaster Response (888) 256-5886

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (800) 872-3283

Salvation Army (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief (800) 462-8657, ext. 6133

United Methodist Committee on Relief (800) 554-8583

B'nai B'rith International (888) 388-4224

United Jewish Communities (877) 277-2477