South Shore hurricane relief fund-raisers |

South Shore hurricane relief fund-raisers

Julie Sullivan / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ From left, Austin Neil, Robbie Poet, Nicholas Tilley, Marshall Neil, Garrett Bronken, Austin Buyak, Amanda Harris, Domonique Daniels and their teacher Bobby Raymond (front) are just some of the fifth-graders in Raymond's and Sunny Perez's classes from Zephyr Cove Elementary School who helped put together a two-day clothing drive for Hurricane Katrina victims. The Neil brothers began this benefit with two small boxes placed around school and has now turned into a much bigger turnout. The fifth graders collected clothes for the Salvation Army and money for the American Red Cross.

Editor’s note: Below is a partial list of local hurricane fund-raising and volunteer efforts. To be added to the list, call (530) 542-8047. A complete list is located online at

— The Veterans of Foreign War, South Lake Tahoe Post 2627, is collecting donations for the millions of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. VFW Department of California has sent $30,000 and VFW National Headquarters has sent $125,000. These funds will be provided directly to the victims in the form of food, water and shelter. A VFW Response Team is being sent into the area to survey current needs, help administer relief and report additional needs as they unfold. Please help us help these fellow Americans. Remember, every dollar you give will be sent directly to those who need it most.

You may deposit your donation into account number 18301280 at any branch of El Dorado Savings Bank. You may also give your donation to any member of the VFW Post 2627 or you may drop your donation at the American Legion Post on Highway 50 across the street from Meeks Lumber Company.

— Tahoe Beach and Ski Club, located at 3601 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe has a box established for cash donations to the American Red Cross. The box is located at the front and everyone is encouraged to put in money whether it is change in your pocket or dollar bills, said Lisa Calderon. Call Calderon at (530) 543-2455.

— Alpine Animal Hospital at 921 Emerald Bay Road is accepting donations and checks for the American Red Cross to go toward Hurricane Katrina efforts. Call (530) 541-4040.

— Linda Mehrens, a South Lake Tahoe woman and wife of Dr. Henning Mehrens left Monday for Baton Rouge where she will be working at the Southern University basketball gym which has been converted to a shelter. Her duties will be to arrange transportation for the displaced.

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— Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe are making Mardi Gras-themed masks and are asking for a $5 donation for each mask. Proceeds will go to Boys & Girls clubs affected by the hurricane- ravaged Gulf Coast. To order a mask call the club at (530) 542-0838.

— A huge mountain of clothing has been collected by Zephyr Cove Elementary have donated for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The mountain is so big, says parent Millie Meng Behar that it fills an entire room. The children are very compassionate and

concerned and were more than happy to help collect clothes and shoes to share. The donations will be given to the American Red Cross.

n Shannon and Kelly Colleton, ages 11 and 9, are selling Mardi Gras beads for $1 each with the goal of raising $1,000, said their mother Susie Colleton. The girls hope to place the beads for sale in local stores, and they will be selling the beads personally at local events and locations around South Tahoe. The fund-raising effort, called Kids Can Help, will benefit the American Red Cross. Businesses that would like to sell beads on the Colletons’ behalf, or donate beads to the effort, are urged to call Susie at (530) 573-0730.

— Animal Coalition of Tahoe is accepting donations for Best Friends, a national pet sanctuary, which is sending volunteers to locate animals in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. Donations can be made by calling (530) 573-2525. Log on to

— High Sierra Adventure Sports, 3117 Harrison Ave., is accepting cash in a bottle and checks for the American Red Cross. Call (530) 542-2565 for more information.

— Hotelier Jan McCarthy is offering rooms in the Tahoe Colony Inn, 3794 Montreal Avenue, to evacuees.

— Dr. Stephen Bannar has signed up on a medical reserve corps.

— Judy Brown of Tahoe Manor has opened up her Gardner Mountain facility to seniors needing shelter.

— Community activist Sue Novasel has created a Bank of the West account for hurricane relief efforts. The funds are earmarked for the American Red Cross.

— Former Zephyr Cove worker Rick Devin has pledged all proceeds from his CD sales at his Colorado company go to hurricane relief efforts. His Web site is

— Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra will designate money collected during its Sept. 21 Oktoberfest at the Horizon Casino Resort to go to the Louisiana chapter. Others can donate to Kiwanis International through

— Grizzly’s Mountain Furnishings on Lake Tahoe Boulevard will send money collected from its Saturday sale to hurricane relief efforts.

— The Moose Lodge will collect food, clothing and money for evacuees from noon to 8 p.m. at its office at 961 Eloise Ave. Information: call Ramona Kluever at (530) 541-1632.

— The Wulstein family will send $810.30 it collected during a yard sale recently to the American Red Cross.

— Denny’s employees, including those in South Lake Tahoe, are making donations to the relief drive.

— Donation canisters for the American Red Cross have been established at Tahoe Beach and Ski Club on Lake Tahoe Boulevard, Safeway on Lake Tahoe Boulevard and at Roundhill Square, Albertsons on Al Tahoe Boulevard and Raley’s, with two locations at the “Y” and Village Center near Stateline.

— Prepaid Legals Services and Identity Theft Protection is accepting donations for the American Red Cross. Call (530) 544-7412 for more information.

To donate

— Call the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross at (775) 856-1000, or send a check to 1190 Corporate Blvd., Reno, NV 89502. You can make a secure donation online at

— Contributions can also be made to the Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross at 8928 Volunteer Lane, Sacramento, CA 95826-3221. Call (916) 368-3131.

— Donations can also be made to the Reno Salvation Army, 1931 Sutro St., Reno, NV 89512. Make checks payable to Salvation Army Disaster Relief

Registration for evacuees

Survivors of Hurricane Katrina who make their way to California should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.

— FEMA: Helps provide long-term care. Registering ensures that refugees and the state get any federal financial assistance for which they are eligible. Visit or call (800) 621-FEMA; or (800) 462-7585 for the hearing impaired.

— Red Cross: Provides emergency aid. Evacuees are registered as they seek aid. Those who are unsure how to get help can find details at or by calling toll-free, (866) GET-INFO.