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Paynesville Press - September 14, 2005

Ways to help relief efforts

By Michael Jacobson

Student councils at Paynesville Area Middle School and Paynesville Area High School have conducted a fund drive from students and staff, which they intend to give to the Salvation Army to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. So far, they have raised about $1,800, including $1,500 from students/staff at Paynesville Area Elementary School.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund drive should do so before Wednesday, Sept. 21. Either bring a check to school or mail it to: Paynesville Area Secondary School; Attn: Diane Seegers-Kyle; 795 High-way 23 West; Paynesville, MN 56362.

The Great River Regional Library, which operates a branch in Paynes-ville, is taking donations of new and gently used adult and children's books and magazines for use by Hurricane Katrina evacuees coming to Minnesota. Last week, thousands of evacuees were expected to come to Camp Ripley by Little Falls, though the number of evacuees coming to Minnesota and their housing site was being reviewed this week. People wishing to help this drive should bring their donation to the Paynesville Public Library at 119 Washburne Avenue.

Lots of options are available for people wishing to help the hurricane victims in Louisiana, Miss-issippi, and Alabama. The American Red Cross can be contacted through, and the Salvation Army through

Another way to donate is - - a joint 501(c)(3) formed by former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Mail checks to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund at: Office of President Clinton; Re: Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund; 55 West 125th Street; New York, NY 10027; or to: Office of President George H.W. Bush; Re: Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund; 10000 Memorial Drive, Suite 900; Houston, TX 77024.

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