Heritage Baptist Church youth group will hold a carwash to raise money for survivors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot, 1740 Forest Dr., Annapolis. All proceeds will go to the Heritage Hurricane Relief Fund, which benefits the Salvation Army and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship relief efforts. Donations in any amount will be accepted. For more information, call the church office at 410-263-6680.

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has created a toll-free hotline providing information to help evacuees obtain Maryland driver's licenses and identification cards. The hotline is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 877-223-8247.

Operation Lifeline, a relief effort coordinated by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, helped Jefferson Parish in Louisiana rescue 35 survivors from Bridgetown, La. They included infants, teenagers and adults who needed medical attention, food and water. Operation Lifeline has sent more than 200 doctors, nurses, firefighters, security and public works staff members from Maryland to Jefferson Parish.

The Salvation Army is collecting names of local residents interested in volunteering for relief efforts. Volunteers will be contacted as needed and sent to Jackson, Miss., for food preparation and kitchen training before being deployed in the affected states. The Salvation Army is also accepting cash donations, diapers, baby wipes, baby bottles, large trash bags, pencils and paper, batteries, flashlights, toiletries, plasticware, paper towels and hand sanitizers. To volunteer or donate, contact the Annapolis chapter at www.salvationarmyusa.org or 410-263-4091.

The American Red Cross of Central Maryland is organizing one-day training sessions to prepare volunteers for three-week periods of disaster relief in the affected Gulf states. Volunteers are trained in family services and mass care and are expected to feed and care for large numbers of evacuees at one time. To volunteer, call 410-624-2023, 410-624-2024 or visit www.redcross-cmd.org. To make a cash donation, call 800-HELP-NOW or visit www.redcross.org.

Annapolis Cares has organized a disaster relief drop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday in the parking lot of Sam's Club at 2100 Generals Hwy., Annapolis. The organization is looking for donations of plus-sized women's clothing, undergarments, socks, shoes, medical supplies, diapers, hygiene products, energy bars and books for children and adults. For more information, call 410-919-7008.

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