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The Statesman reported:
City officials ask that residents do not show up at the Austin Convention Center or other shelters. People who want to volunteer should go to the Red Cross office at 2218 Pershing Drive (off Martin Luther King Blvd. just east of Airport Boulevard) or call 211.
Clothing and bedding
The city’s Office of Emergency Management issued an “urgent plea to the public” for clothing and bedding for the anticipated influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Donations can be dropped off at the former Freescale Electronics research facility at 3501 Ed Bluestein Boulevard today. Volunteers will be available onsite to assist with unloading donated materials.
Red Cross volunteers at the Austin Convention Center said the evacuees are most in need of new underwear (for adults and children) and adult diapers for the elderly evacuees. City officials asked that those items be dropped off at the city’s Contribution Center at Motorola, 3501 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
The center will be open for donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday. The center will also accept monetary donations, cots, air mattresses, sleeping bags, sheets, blankets, towels and wash cloths.
Clothing and other items
The Salvation Army is requesting personal hygiene items for men, women and children as well as non-perishable food items that do not require refrigeration, heating or a can opener, baby items (such as formula, wipes, lotion, ointments and diapers), insect repellent, flashlights with batteries, work and/or plastic gloves and new clothing (socks, underwear and clothes for school-aged children).
Items can be dropped off at the downtown facility at 510 East Eighth Street, which is open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week.
Used clothing should be taken to any of the four Salvation Army family stores in Austin.
To help pets hurt by Katrina visit the Humane Society.