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The Leesburg Police Department has donated two surplus police cruisers to the state of Mississippi. Earlier this month, Mississippi's attorney general announced that local sheriff's offices and police departments were in desperate need of vehicles, uniforms and other equipment in the wake of damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Two 1996 Chevrolet Caprices were recently taken out of service in Leesburg, and they were scheduled to be stripped of equipment and auctioned when Mississippi's call for help came in. The vehicles are equipped with sirens, emergency light bars and prisoner cages. The police department also donated surplus leather duty belts and accessories, as well as several bulletproof vests.
The Virginia State Police is taking charge of getting the vehicles, along with more than 20 others donated in Virginia, to Mississippi.
A $13,500 Dye Job
Harper Park Middle School in Leesburg is tickled pink about raising, in conjunction with Tolbert Elementary School, more than $13,500 for the American Red Cross. Harper Park Assistant Principal Beth Robinson had challenged students to collect $10,000. If they did, she said, she would color her hair pink.
Robinson lived up to her part of the bargain Tuesday at a Dulles Town Center salon.
A Charitable Feast
St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Purcellville raised $10,000 for Samaritan's Purse International Relief through a community dinner and bake sale. Several hundred people turned out for Sunday afternoon's feast of bratwurst and hamburgers.
Clothes Sent to Employees
Computer Science Corp.'s Shared Service Center in Sterling, which handles payroll and benefits for the company's U.S. employees, gathered 14 boxes of clothes and goods and sent them to CSC employees based at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. More than 100 of the company's Mississippi employees lost their homes because of Hurricane Katrina.
Putting Their Heart Into Giving
"Jazzaid," a special session of Jazzercise held to raise hurricane relief funds at the Westlakes Community Center in Sterling, brought in more than $2,700 for the American Red Cross. Three dozen women took part in Sunday's event, exercising for nearly two hours.
Setting a Higher Goal
The "Coins for Katrina" campaign at Park View High School in Sterling concludes tomorrow at the Patriots' football game against Herndon High School. In one week, the school nearly reached its $1,000 goal, collecting $990 for the American Red Cross. Now it's hoping to reach $1,500.