Scores of local organizations, congregations, schools and businesses have raised money and collected supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Among them were students at Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Columbia, who collected more than $5,000 for the American Red Cross.
Employees at Coldwell Banker in Ellicott City collected a truckload of food and other supplies. County residents also have turned out for blood drives.
Children from the Spur and Stirrup 4H Club donated $2,000 to the Louisiana 4H Foundation to help more than 500 evacuees who are being housed at a 4H camp there. The club also raised $2,600 for the American Red Cross by donating services such as baby-sitting and leaf-raking during a silent auction at Saturday's horse show, said club leader Lisa Albrecht. The club plans to conduct another auction at its next horse show, beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 9 at Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Rd., Highland. For more information, call Carly Earp at 301-854-2710.
Residents will be able to contribute to the effort by playing pinball and volleyball from noon to midnight Saturday at the Volleyball House, 5635 Furnace Ave. in Elkridge. The Free State Pinball Association will donate admission fees ($6 or $5 for students, children, military and seniors) to the Salvation Army. For more information, call Bernie Kelm at 410-863-0370.
The Maryland Food Bank is continuing to collect money and nonperishable items from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2200 Halethorpe Farms Rd., Baltimore. It is sponsoring a two-day food drive Nov. 4 and 5, when donors can take nonperishable supplies during regular hours to any post office where the Zip code begins with 210, 211 or 212. For more information, call 410-737-8282 or visit www.mdfoodbank.org.