Group pitches in to aid storm victims

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, September 28, 2004

A Brookhaven organization is collecting items to send to Floridato help victims of Hurricane Ivan.

A trailer has been set up in the parking lot of Stan KingChevrolet on Brookhaven Street, said Sandra Hambach, with In HisService Ministries. The trailer is scheduled to leave forPensacola, Fla., early Thursday morning.

“We’re doing this for the hurricane victims,” Hambach said. “Wethought it would be a good thing to do.”

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Hambach said Florida relief workers have requested bedding,sleeping bags, clothing, toys, diapers and other items that canhelp storm victims. The local relief effort is being coordinatedwith the American Red Cross chapter in Florida, she said.

“They know what’s needed and will take the items to thefamilies,” Hambach said.

The trailer was set up Monday. Hambach said her partner, CarolynLambert, is working to collect relief items from Monticello andMcComb.

Lambert said they hoped to be able to have a wide variety ofitems on the trailer for delivery to Florida.

“We plan on having it loaded,” Lambert said.

She and Hamback were appreciative of the initial response totheir efforts.

“Everybody seems to have responded real good to it,” Lambertsaid.

The trailer will be at the automobile dealership from 8 a.m.until 6 p.m. For after-hours drop-offs, Hambach said she could bereached at 320-0187 or 835-0849.