Unique Ways of Helping Relief Effort

By: Erich Spivey
By: Erich Spivey

September 3, 2005
Lots of people are jumping on the bandwagon to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. News 12 is on your side with the unique ways some are lending a helping hand.

From a beefed-up car wash to compassion in a furniture store, folks are donating to the hurricane relief effort in some unique ways.

At Ashley Furniture, at News 12 Time to Care partner, employees donated a small portion of their salary to the Salvation Army. Also, many made cakes and cookies for a fund-raiser of a bake sale.

“I was so impressed. Everybody has really risen to the occasion. They have made everything from brownies to cupcakes. Everything will go to the relief effort,” said Cheryl Drawdy, Ashley Furniture.

Over at the Millers, they’re crafting a home-grown relief effort for medical volunteers. It’s called Operation Epic Hope.

“The main needs are physicians, surgeons, in their field and internists and paramedics,” said Brenda Miller.

Omni Fitness trainers took a break from pumping iron to wash dozens of cars. In just three hours, they raised more than $2,000 for the American Red Cross.

“We just felt like we really needed to do something. It’s hard to be so far and know that you can’t do anything to help. But you really can. Even if it’s just sending money or food or whatever you can,” Laura King said.

And ‘whatever’ is raising big time cash, with some real muscle in donation drives.

Here’s the contact information for Operation Epic Hope:
Brenda Miller
803-640-1024
operationepichope@knology.net
They’re looking for qualified medical professionals that can spend at least two weeks in the hurricane zone.


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