Residents of the Fairfax area are contributing to hurricane relief efforts 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria offices of the American Red Cross relocated Monday to the Seven Corners area of Falls Church to jointly staff an assistance center for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
The center will be in the first floor of a county government building at 6245 Leesburg Pike (Route 7). After it opens, clients will no longer be seen at the local chapter offices except under special circumstances, according to a news release.
In addition to receiving emergency assistance from the American Red Cross, people visiting the center can also meet with staff members from the county Department of Family Services and other agencies to enroll for emergency medical assistance, find out about employment opportunities and connect with a range of services and support.
Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
The phone number is 703-538-7440, TTY 711.
Paul VI Helping Military
Paul VI High School in Fairfax has been active in helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
The Key Club and Student Leadership Youth Corps are spearheading a clothing drive.
The Rev. John W. Lyle, a former principal and teacher at Paul VI and now the command chaplain of military personnel in Gulfport, Miss., asked the Paul VI community to collect clothing, backpacks and toiletries for military personnel and their families hit hard by the hurricane. A Paul VI teacher is planning to drive the supplies to Mississippi.
In addition, according to a news release, the campus ministry team organized a fundraiser that culminated Sept. 19 when Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Arlington Diocese said Mass at the school. Money collected from fundraising will go to Catholic Charities.
Paul VI has also enrolled six students forced out of their communities by the hurricane.
Franconia School Chips In
Students at Franconia Elementary School raised $2,200 in a week to support hurricane survivors. Students raided their piggy banks, performed extra chores at home and gave up their allowances to send a check to the American Red Cross. The school has 470 students.