The Week in Fundraisers – How You Can Help
By Ann K. Williams
After a month of bad news from the Gulf Coast, most Santa Monicans want to do something to help. The good news is that there are so many ways they can.
First, the fundraisers:
If you want to do more, local relief agencies are counting on Santa Monicans to display their usual creativity and willingness to lend a helping hand.
“Any member of the public who has an idea how to help, we’d love to hear it,” Bill Bauer, spokesperson for the Santa Monica chapter of the Red Cross told the Lookout. “There are an awful lot of generous people here.”
While the Red Cross is grateful for the $642,000 that’s flowed into the Santa Monica chapter, it welcomes continued cash donations, as does the Salvation Army.
But cash isn’t all that’s needed.
The Red Cross needs volunteers to help manage cases and interview clients.
Free memberships in the Boys and Girls Club for the children of Katrina evacuees who’ve come to town and free meals at local restaurants were a couple of examples of non-cash donations given in recent weeks that Bauer cited to whet the imagination of local philanthropists.
Your favorite organization may want to copy a page from the employees of Pacific Park, the amusement center on the Santa Monica Pier who donated $1,500 they raised at their annual silent auction to the local Red Cross.
The Red Cross has set up a toll-free disaster relief hotline, (866) 733-5010, available both for those who want to help and those looking for help.
Those needing help can also drop by the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, 1450 11th Street at Broadway or phone (310) 394-3773.
The Salvation Army is raising funds through its 1-800-SALARMY phone number
and its web site www.salvationarmyusa.org
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