County Executive

Asks for Donations

As you know, the reports and photos coming in from the coast along the Gulf of Mexico have been distressing. The devastation from Hurricane Katrina in a multi-state area including Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama may make this storm the most devastating and expensive natural disaster in the history of the United States.

Many of our county residents have family and friends in the affected areas. Our hearts go out to them, and we pray for the safety of the millions of people who have been impacted by this event.

Just last December, when a devastating tsunami hit Southeast Asia, the residents of Prince George's County responded generously to our call for action by offering their time and money to the relief efforts. The unfolding events that began [last week] tell us that we must respond in a similar fashion.

I believe, now more than ever, that we must take immediate action to assist and support our fellow Americans. Your county government and its employees are also doing their part. I have asked the employees of Prince George's County to make donations to the American Red Cross, and I know we will respond as we have in the past.

I am asking each and every one of us to look inside ourselves and to donate what we can afford to this effort. Please send your tax-deductible donations to the American Red Cross, PO Box 97089, Washington, D.C. 20090. You can also volunteer with the call center or perform other valuable services for the American Red Cross by calling 800-435-7669. Our county Web site, www.goprincegeorgescounty.com, also has a link to learn more about donating money or volunteering.

This is our opportunity to share some of the wonderful blessings and gifts we have received with those in great need. We are Gorgeous Prince George's because of our people and their generosity to others. Thank you for taking the time to help.

Sincerely,

Jack B. Johnson

County Executive

School System

Collects Funds

Hurricane Katrina has left many families and students in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama homeless and without necessary food and shelter. Relief efforts, which are underway, will likely take some time. The students and employees of Prince George's County public schools extend sympathies and heartfelt wishes for recovery to all affected.

To assist in relief efforts, the school system is sponsoring a collection of financial donations to help victims of the hurricane. All amounts collected through Sept. 30 will be combined into a single check that will be presented to the American Red Cross.

Employees and community members who wish to contribute to this effort should make checks payable to "Board of Education -- Katrina Disaster Relief" and send them to: Board of Education -- Katrina Disaster Relief, Assistant Treasurer's Office, Sasscer Administration Building, 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772.

Schools and offices that want to organize initiatives at their individual locations will receive instructions to help coordinate all efforts within the school system.

These contributions will help provide food, water and other necessary supplies and services that will benefit the victims of this terrible disaster.

-- From a Prince George's

school system bulletin