Local teacher asks for donations
Clothing, toiletries to be sent to hurricane victims
A Lansing High School teacher with family in Louisiana is mobilizing relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Tracy Andrews, a math teacher at LHS, will collect clothing and toiletries through next week to send to her sister in Natchitoches, La.
Andrews' sister, Mardy Williams, was not directly affected by the hurricane. However, Andrews said hundreds who had evacuated southern Louisiana stopped in Natchitoches, which is about 275 miles north of New Orleans. Andrews said Williams is helping out at shelters where hurricane victims are now stranded and have no clothing or personal items.
"Kids started school today and didn't have any clothes," Andrews said.
To help out, Andrews will collect items at LHS, 220 Lion Lane, next week. She asked that clothes be sorted into age groups - infant, child, teen and adult. She is also looking for toiletries; Andrews said her sister asked for "things that people don't usually think about," including items like tampons, hairbrushes, hair ties, antacids and aspirin.
Andrews said she would send the collected items directly to her sister to distribute at shelters. Doing so would get the items into the hands of victims faster than going through a large organization, she said.
"They need it yesterday," Andrews said.
Some other local organizations will collect money for hurricane relief efforts:
¢ LHS Leadership, Kayettes and National Honor Society groups are expected to collect money next week for hurricane victims.
¢ Lansing Middle School football will collect money at the eighth-grade team's next game, 4 p.m. Tuesday at LMS, 509 W. Ida St., which will probably go to the Red Cross.
¢ Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 900 Ida St., will have collection baskets at the church for monetary donations. Money collected will go to Catholic Relief Services.
¢ Lansing United Methodist Church will collect money for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The Rev. Jim Hopwood said the Kansas East Conference of the UMC placed a call for volunteers to go help in affected areas, but he said general volunteers would not be sent until the areas affected are more secure.