Riverkings Coordinate Hurricane Relief Effort

RiverKings will accept donations for flood victims

The staff at the Memphis RiverKings were racking their brains to come up with a way to help flood victims and coming up with nothing-until today, thanks to organized efforts by several local churches.

For several days, RiverKings players and fans called in, asking "What can we do?"

"Thankfully, the local churches who took in refugees have needs we can help fill," Community Relations Representative Summer Holbrook said. "We have been calling around to different shelters, and the churches and cities are mobilizing short and long-term efforts to help get the refugees back on their feet."

The RiverKings will accept donations on Friday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (The office will be closed on Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday). Donations will be distributed to Goodman Oaks Church of Christ, Trinity Baptist and Longview Heights Churches, where temporary shelters have been set up.

Needs include pillow cases, sheets, sleeping mats (air mattresses), sleeping bags, towels, toiletry items, canned foods, snack foods, coffee and canned drinks. The RiverKings are accepting these donations at their office at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven.

These shelters are also providing free meals to the victims. In Memphis, International Baptist Church is hosting a free supper for Katrina victims who are in the city on Friday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m.

Volunteers are in great demand. For more information, call Goodman Oaks at 662.349.3600; Trinity Baptist, 662.349.3333; Longview Heights, 662.895.1900; and Ken Tanner at International Baptist, 901.857.1772.

To make a monetary donation, contact the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi at 662.449.5002, or an organization such as the North American Mission Board at www.namb.net <http://www.namb.net/>. You can also stop by the Wal-Mart in Southaven and Southaven City Hall and make checks payable to "Hurricane Victims."

Contact your local Chamber of Commerce for more information, DeSoto Emergency Management Association at 662.429.1359, or the local Red Cross at 662.349.3333.

To find out local churches that are housing people, call the Southaven Chamber office at 662.342.6114 or email linda@southavenchamber.com or ginger@southavenchamber.com . Kim Terrell with DeSoto County Tourism is working with the local hotels and can be reached at kim@desotocountytourism.com . To open up your home to flood victims or bring someone into your home for a cooked meal, contact the following people at each City Hall: in Horn Lake, contact A.J. Jenkins; in Southaven, Christy Faulkner; in Olive Branch, Peggy Linton; in Hernando, Julie Harris.

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