Residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Falls Church and Herndon are contributing to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in various ways. Here are some that we know about. If you or your school, business, service club or place of worship is doing something to help the victims, send an e-mail with the details to email@example.com.
The Fairfax County government has created an extensive Internet resource for Hurricane Katrina.
The Web site, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/katrina, includes information for people who have evacuated from the Gulf Coast to Fairfax County, such as how to find families and friends. It also is aimed at residents and businesses that can offer jobs and housing.
The Katrina site also explains how county, state and federal governments are responding, what residents can do to prepare for an emergency and how to avoid fundraising schemes.
Clothing, Supply Drive
The McLean Community Center's Old Firehouse Teen Center is sponsoring a clothing and school supply drive through Sept. 30 to help hurricane victims.
Donations of new clothes, toys and school "tool kits" can be dropped off at the teen center from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays or from 7 to 9 p.m. during the Friday night dance.
School tool kits consist of six wooden pencils, without designs; six medium blue or black ink ballpoint pens; one wide-ruled, one-subject notebook; one package of wide-ruled, three-hole-punched filler paper; one barrel-style pencil sharpener; one large, pink eraser; one package (24-count) of regular size crayons; one 12-inch ruler (including metric measurements); one large or two small glue sticks; and one pair of ambidextrous, blunt-tip school scissors.
All items should be placed in a two-gallon resealable plastic bag. Donations will benefit World Vision-United States in the District.
The teen center collected $650 at its flea market Sept. 10 to donate to AmeriCares, which is providing health care services to hurricane victims.
The teen center is at 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. For more information, call 703-448-8336 or visit www.worldvision.org.
Fundraiser to Help Pets
A "doggie happy hour" has been scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Hunter Woods picnic pavilion in Reston to benefit the Hurricane Katrina emergency animal shelter at Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine.
The Parker Coliseum at LSU has been home to about 1,200 displaced animals -- about 700 dogs and 425 cats and other companion animals.
The happy hour will include drinks and munchies for people and doggie treats and goodies for dogs. Kim Guarino of Hinge Inc. and her 5-year-old black lab, Jake, are sponsoring the event.
The pavilion is at Steeplechase Drive and Reston Parkway. The cost is $30 a person; dogs are free. For more information or to RSVP by Oct. 3, call 703-391-8870 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit Union Donation
The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation, based in Herndon, has donated $10,000 to Katrina relief efforts.
The foundation is the charity arm of the credit union.
Pampering for a Cause
Three Herndon small businesses have organized a ladies day out benefit for Habitat for Humanity's hurricane relief efforts.
Marybeth Henry and Candee Percherke, independent sales directors with Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Deta Follin-Pyle, independent sales manager with Weekenders USA, have planned a spa and shopping day from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles, 1000 Sully Rd.
Tickets are free, but a $15 donation to Habitat for Humanity hurricane relief is recommended. Registration is requested, and those who register by Wednesday will receive a goody bag at the event.
For more information, visit www.wahmfest.org/charityday, call 703-766-0294 or e-mail Henry at email@example.com.
Vegas Time Associates of Sterling and the Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel will hold a Katrina Kasino fundraiser from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Monday.
Players will purchase "funny money" for blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas Hold 'Em by checks made out to a charity of their choice. A raffle and a silent auction also will be held.
Dealers are volunteering their time and tips, and the Oakleaf Restaurant at the Marriott will donate 15 percent of its proceeds that night.
The hotel is at 45020 Avation Dr., Dulles. For more information or to donate to the auction, call 571-283-1561, fax 703-444-8636 or e-mail KatrinaKasino@aol.com.
Giant Food Donations
Giant Food and its sister companies are donating $1 million to the American Red Cross and America's Second Harvest for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Giant is also accepting donations from customers.
Free Child Safety Seats
The Virginia Department of Health is offering free safety seats for eligible children moving to Virginia because of Hurricane Katrina. The seats will be available under the state's low-income safety seat distribution and education program until February. For eligibility requirements and to find a local distribution site, call 800-732-8333 or visit www.safetyseatva.org.