Community unites in collecting goods for hurricane's victims
The communities of Mammoth Spring and Oregon County have joined forces and established an organized effort to collect relief items for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
A semi-truck trailer is set up at the Mammoth Spring High School, donated by Steed Trucking.
Organizers said the trailer will be at the school through Friday.
Another trailer is set up at the Thayer High School at the side parking lot near the gym door. This trailer will be at the school until Friday.
Volunteers will be at the school Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. to collect disaster relief items. Anyone who would like to volunteer at this time may do so. Organizers said they will need boxes and volunteers to help sort and pack the donated items.
Alton, Koshkonong and Couch School students are collecting items for both trailers.
Volunteers in all communities are urging their friends and neighbors to come together and help supply the much needed disaster relief items to fill the trailers.
Organizers said some of the items needed include: non-perishable food items, baby formula, diapers, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, clothing and bottled water.
Besides all the schools in Mammoth Spring and Oregon County area, any disaster relief items may be dropped off at the following locations: Mammoth Spring Library, Bikini Bottoms Video, Bank of Thayer, Wallace and Owens and Hirsch Feed.
All banks in Mammoth Spring and Oregon County are taking donations toward the disaster relief effort.
A deposit can be made to the Katrina Relief Fund.
Organizers do not know how long it will take to fill the trailers. They are hoping to make the one at Mammoth Spring an on-going project, and when it is filled and ready to go south, it will be replaced with another one that will head to the disaster area as soon as it is filled.
For more information regarding the disaster relief effort in the Mammoth Spring and Thayer area, call any school or bank.