Are you or your school, business, service club or place of worship doing something to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina? If so, please send an e-mail with the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of an extended family of 27 that was staying at the Holiday Inn in Leesburg after fleeing from Hurricane Katrina have found a temporary home through the Good Shepherd Alliance, a Loudoun County group that provides emergency housing and support to the needy.
The family of five generations left New Orleans in a caravan before the hurricane hit and drove to Houston to stay with relatives. After the hurricane, the family drove to Ashburn, where another relative lives, said Janice King, director of social services at the Good Shepherd Alliance.
They were staying in four rooms at the Holiday Inn when a parishioner from St. James' Episcopal Church in Leesburg heard about their situation and urged them to contact Good Shepherd Alliance, said Susie Harding, chairwoman of the church's community outreach program.
Several members of the family have left Leesburg for Georgia and elsewhere, but about 15 have moved into an empty three-bedroom house in Leesburg that is scheduled to be demolished by a developer in the next year. King said the family members can stay there for four months or until they find permanent homes and jobs.
On Saturday, the family picked furniture and mattresses at the Good Shepherd Thrift Store in Sterling. The store has provided clothes and supplies to several families displaced by the hurricane, said manager Mary Fittro.
St. James' Church has several other families looking for temporary homes, Harding said. To donate a home or space in a home, call 703-777-1124 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Good Shepherd Thrift Store is accepting donations of clothes, furniture and kitchen appliances. The store is at 20921 Davenport Dr., Suite 113, Sterling.
'Kicking for the Kids'
TigerDen Martial Arts will hold a fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday to help children displaced by the hurricane. Proceeds from "Kicking for the Kids of Katrina" will go to the American Red Cross. Residents are asked to donate $2 for every board broken by taekwondo masters and students from the five TigerDen branches or 10 cents for every kick performed in a kick-a-thon. 645 Potomac Station Dr., Leesburg. 703-443-2772 or www.gotigerden.com.
The men's group at Sterling United Methodist Church group will hold a barbecue chicken dinner to raise money for hurricane victims. The dinners can be picked up at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 with a suggested donation of $7 per dinner. Advance orders are encouraged. 304 E. Church Rd. 703-430-6455.
Company Donates $30,000
William H. Dean, president and chief executive of MC Dean Inc., presented a $30,000 check Friday to the Loudoun County Salvation Army for Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts. Employees donated $15,000, which the company matched.
The Dulles-based company designs, installs and integrates power, electronics, homeland security and telecommunications systems.
Leesburg Lawyer Deployed
Daniel L. Grubb, a lawyer with the Leesburg firm Dunlap, Grubb, Weaver and Whitbeck, has been deployed with the 1st Squadron 158th Cavalry Regiment as task force commander to provide security in Gulfport, Miss., and assist with hurricane cleanup.
Elsewhere in N.Va.:
Students to Put On Show
The Critics and Awards Program, known as Cappies, is sponsoring an aid show at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 featuring high school performers from throughout the Washington area.
The show will be at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd. in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. The theater seats 1,400.
Proceeds will benefit displaced families settling in the Washington area. The suggested donation is $50 for adults and $25 for students. For ticket information, call 703-924-4759.
As part of the Cappies, Loudoun Extra publishes reviews of high school shows written by students under the guidance of faculty mentors. Soon to begin its seventh season, the program recognizes the achievements of young performers, writers, directors and stage crews. For more information, visit www.cappies.com.
Benefit Tennis Tournament
A tennis tournament to benefit the relief effort has been scheduled for 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Newport tennis courts in Reston.
There will be a group play format, with men's doubles, mixed doubles and women's doubles. Times are 3 to 5 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
The event is hosted by Thai Tennis Organization in America, Reston Tennis Association, Korean Tennis Association of Washington and Fil-Am Tennis of Northern Virginia.
The fee is $50 a player. There will be a potluck dinner. The park is at 11452 Baron Cameron Ave. For more information, call 703-589-4144 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Compiled by ARIANNE ARYANPUR, LESLIE SHEPHERD and STEPHEN C. FEHR