Local businesses aid hurricane victims

KINGMAN ­ As thousands remain homeless in New Orleans and Mississippi, Kingman stores are reaching out to lend aid.

Smith's Food and Drug is collecting monetary donations to assist the American Red Cross.

They are accepting donations in $1, $5 and $10 increments. Smith's is collecting funds on a corporatewide level. As a division of Kroger Co., 128 Smith's stores in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and northern Arizona are collecting monies that will be directly forwarded to the American Red Cross for relief efforts, according to Smith's Public Affairs Department.

Safeway is also lending support to the relief effort. Kingman locations are collecting donations to support relief projects.

Kingman's Wal-Mart Supercenter is currently collecting donations to donate water to the victims of the hurricane.

The company as a whole, according to store Manager Paul Perkins, has donated $2 million to the relief efforts and is sending trucks of water, sleeping bags, clothes, etc.

The Kingman store is working in conjunction with the Ark, a local thrift store, that is donating clothes along with donations from Wal-Mart.

The Ark will accept donations as well, and those will be set aside in a special fund to send to victims.

St. Johns United Methodist Church is organizing donations to create 1,000 health kits that will be shipped directly to an Emergency Relief Center in Louisiana on Sept. 12.

In each of these kits, items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, washcloths, hand towels, Band-Aids and soap will be included.

Those wanting to contribute can call St. John's United Methodist Church at 692-8828 to see what is needed, can make a monetary donation to assist in the purchase of supplies, or can volunteer on Sept. 10 at 8 a.m. at the church at 1730 Kino Ave., to help assemble the kits.

All items must be in by Sept. 7.

Homestyle Furniture has also contracted with the Red Cross to be a drop-off location for cash donations to the Red Cross Katrina Relief Fund.

Any donation at the store will then be turned over to the Red Cross for aid to the victims.

Homestyle Furniture is located at 2635 Kingman Ave., Suite A.

Albertson's and a Red Cross spokesmen were not readily available for comment concerning relief efforts.