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KBTX News 3, Clear Channel Radio, The Eagle and Post Oak Mall, present “Texas Shares” Friday, September 9 from 6am-7pm. Donations received during this one-day relief drive will stay in the Brazos Valley. We're asking for cash donations or gift cards. Donations by credit card will also be accepted. The United Way will be present to give receipts for your donation. People are encouraged to drop off donations of cash or gift card at the Post Oak parking lot at the corner of Harvey Rd. and Highway 6. Only monetary donations will be accepted. KBTX will broadcast live during Brazos Valley This Morning, News 3 at Noon, Five and Six. Also, look for live updates throughout daytime television on KBTX and on the radio at 99.5 the Fox and Mix 104.7.

Information for Evacuees:

The Brazos County Health Department will be providing an open sick call at the Lincoln Center today from 2-6pm, an immunization clinic today from 6-8pm and provide dental care (including denture care) from 3-8pm...all of these services will be at the Lincoln Center in College Station.

CNN.com has been posting the names of those who wish to let loved ones know they are all right after the storm. If you were in Katrina’s path and want to post your name follow the link below.
Click Here for Safe List

Hurricane victims in the BCS area can dial the Brazos Valley's information line, 211, or 1866-211-HELP, to receive information about local shelters and meal times.

To locate missing family members call 1-877-568-3317 or post a missing child at www.missingkids.com

Reed Arena on the A&M Campus, Lincoln Recreation Center at 1000 Eleanor St in College Station, and Christ United Methodist Church on 4201 Earl Rudder Freeway in College Station are free shelters for evacuees.

Evacuees need to let officals know they are here in the BCS area. Even if you are not staying at one of the designated shelters, emergency management officials are keeping an accurate count of
the number of evacuees in the area.

Evacuees should contact the Bryan or College Station post office to complete change of address forms. In College Station, go to 2130 Harvey Mitchell Parkway or call 979-693-4152. In Bryan, go to 2121 E. William J. Bryan Parkway or call 979-774-2300.

“One Stop Shop”

Brazos Valley Council of Governments – Temporary Disaster Relief Center
The following services are available through the Brazos Valley Council of Governments – “One Stop Shop”: 595-2800

o Brazos County Housing Vouchers (Rent/Utilities)
o Texas Department of Assistance and Rehab Services (Medical Clinic)
o Social Security
o School Districts
o Brazos Food Bank (Food Assistance)
o CCMS Childcare Services
o American Red Cross
o Salvation Army
o United Way
o Twin City Mission (Housing Services, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Counseling)
o Veterans Affairs (TVC, DAV)
o FEMA

Food/Water

If people still have donations from drives already conducted, they can bring those items to the Brazos Food Pantry, 1514 Shiloh Ave. in Brazos County Industrial Park.
Brazos Church Pantry, 304A w. 26th in Downtown Bryan, will be distributing food to evacuees moving from shelter or other temporary housing to longterm housing. Hours are M/W, 1 to 2:45 pm, T/Th, 9:30 to 11:15 am; and F/S, 10 to 11:45 am. Salvation Army will also distribute at 2506 Cavitt. Hours 8-5 Monday through Friday.

Medical Care:

At the Lincoln Center, a health clinic operated by Family Practice Residency Program, is available. The clinic is only for evacuees with proof of residency in hurricane affected states. The focus is on non-emergency needs and for those looking for prescription refills.

Brazos Medical Associates at 1602 Rock Praire Road, is providing free medical care to evacuees. They are in the process of requesting free drug samples for hurricane victims. Call 979-694-1473 for more information.

Walmart and Medical City Pharmacy will provide free prescriptions to evacuees who have driver's licenses for identification.

Pharmaceutical companies wanting to provide free medical samples to evacuees should call 211. Do not drop off medicine at shelters.

Jobs for Evacuees:

About 500 job opportunities in the Brazos Valley are listed at www.workintexas.com

The Texas Workforce Commission is helping Louisiana's unemployment office process claims for hurricane victims. Evacuees can go to 3000 E. Villa Maria Rd or filie a claim online at www.laworks.net

For Federal Assistance, all evacuees must call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585.

Other Information:

Transportation--The District public transportation system is offering a transit pass to assist evacuees with trips to primary shopping locations. The American Red Cross is providing passes for a special route that will operate between the emergency shelters, Wal-mart and Target locations.

Furniture--A distribution center is now operational at the old Winn Dixie Shopping Center on E. 29th Street in Bryan. Hours will vary through the week.

Food Stamps--The state of Texas will provide food stamps for the month of September. Evacuees need a drivers license for identification. For more info call 979-776-1510.

Housing--Contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to file a claim.

College Students--Both Blinn and Texas A&M University are allowing student evacuees to register for fall classes. You can contact Blinn's registrar's office at 979-830-4141. At A&M, contact Mary Jane Baldwin at 979-845-1064.

Birth Certificates: Forms available at City Secretary’s office in Bryan. Also available at www.vitalchek.com (higher cost)


How can you help?

Make a donation:

Sunday September 11, 2005 in Godfry Gentry Westside Park located in Hearne Tx. This fundraiser is being sponsored by local radio station V103.1 FM and will include various performances by our local artist Hardhead Boyz, Kurupt City High Click, and PBC just to name a few.

The Emergency Management Center has issued an immediate request, asking for sofas, dinette sets, full/queen/king sized complete bed sets, twin mattresses. These items can be dropped off at the Furniture Donation Warehouse at 3993 E. 29th St. in Bryan. Today is the last day the Donations Center at the old Social Security Office building on Carte Creek parkway will be operational. Starting tomorrow (Friday, September 9th) donations can be dropped off at Twin City Mission's Community Closet, 520 N. Bryan Street in downtown Bryan and the Salvation Army, 2506 Cavitt Street in Bryan. Furniture donations should still be directed to the furniture donation warehouse on 29th street. The Community Closet will accept donations Monday thru Saturday 8-5 and disperse Monday Wednesday and Friday from 8am to noon...the Salvation Army's hours are Monday thru Friday 9-4.

Drop off monetary donations to the United Way at 909 Southwest Parkway East in College Station. Gift cards to Wal-Mart and Target are also welcome.

1673 Briarcrest Drive Suite A-100 Bryan, TX (the old Mr. Gatti’s building) Starting September 1 from 7:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Currently, there is a very HIGH demand for the following:
Infant formula
Baby clothes-Washed/Sorted
NEW Combs-Brushes
Toiletries
NEW Pillows/Blankets
Paper towels
Toilet Paper
Clean Towels/wash cloths
Small pint zip lock bags
Diapers/wipes
Batteries
Non-perishable food items
NEW boxes (2x2x2)
Due to limited resources and high volume of donations, we are currently not accepting the following items:
Adult Clothing
Shoes
Used pillows

Click Here for Hurricane Katrina Damage Photos

WTOK TV 11 East Mississippi Website

Sign up to volunteer your time:
Center for Regional Services 3991 East 29th St
Weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. or call 595-2800

General volunteer
Medical volunteer—largest need
Food sorter
Donations sorter

Specific items and locations:

First United Methodist Church Of Normangee has become a collection point for the evacuees of New Orleans. The address is 4th and main, and the phone number is 936-396-3431

Waldenbrooke Estates retirement community
Accepting evacuees 62 + years for a 60-day, free stay, including food
2410 Memorial Drive, Bryan
Contact: Sylvia Villareal 774-1298
Beds—largest need
Linens
Toiletries
Furniture
Towels

American Red Cross
Blood Drive @ LaSalle Hotel 120 S. Main St.
Thursday, September 8 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

A furniture/housewares distribution center is operational at the old Winn Dixie Shopping Center on East 29th St. in Bryan, next to Amish Furniture store. It will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow. Hours will be adjusted the remainder of the week depending on need and volume. ITEMS NEEDED are tables, chairs, sofas, beds, kitchen utensils (pots, pans, dishes,etc.).

Madison County
The Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department will remain open this week from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. to accept donations of non-perishable food, bottled water, canned drinks, new underwear, wash clothes, hand towels, baby goods, paper goods, personal hygiene items, black hair care products, and first aid supplies. The First Baptist Church will also be open and accept donations during the day and Wednesday evening. The Madisonville State Bank is accepting monetary donations to the Salvation Army, through their drive-in or inside tellers. For further information on donations, please contact the fire department at 348-9297, Shelly at 348-3317 or 348-0504, or Amy at 348-6105 or 903-536-7700.

Montgomery County
Donations of non-perishable food should be made to the Montgomery County Food Bank. Financial donations should be made to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or the Montgomery County United Way.

The Montgomery County Bulls will Donate all proceeds from their September 10, 2005 game vs The Bastrop Dawgs, to The American Red Cross - Hurricane Relief Fund. For more information to pass on please visit our website at www.montgomerycountybulls.com

Robertson County Relief Drive
The Citizens of Robertson County are being asked to donate water and baby formula to the Hurricane victims. You can drop it off at your local fire departments. For more information on this effort or to give a cash donation contact Jimmy Redden at (979)-828-4227 or Danny Tarver at (979)-828-1217 Thank you for your support.

Burleson County
Camp sites at Rocky Creek, Yegua Creek and Overlook Creek on Lake Somerville are free of charge for evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Call the Army Corps of Engineers at 979-596-1622 for more information.

Citizens State Bank has an account set up for evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Call one of the following branches for more information:
Brenham: 979-251-8844
Caldwell: 979-567-4646
Deanville: 979-535-4535
Snook: 979-272-8500
Somerville: 979-596-1421

Bryan/College Station
Varsity Ford - Varsity Used Cars on Hwy 21 have been approved by Kay Parker with the United Way to be a Hurricane Relief Drop-off Point. We are accepting donations of all non-pershiable goods. Our business hours are 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., M - F and Sat 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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