Steamboat residents can help hurricane victims

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A number of Steamboat Springs busi--nesses, nonprofits and individuals are leading charitable efforts to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Local fundraisers:

Steamboat Springs Gulf Coast Relief: Linda Laughlin is organizing a family-to-family effort called Steamboat Springs Gulf Coast Relief to coordinate donations of housing, airline miles and cash contributions, all to bring families who need temporary housing from the Gulf Coast to Steamboat Springs. Routt County United Way is the fiscal agent for the organization. Laughlin is asking residents and businesses to call or e-mail if they want to donate housing, frequent flier miles or cash. To make a donation or offer help, call 870-6280 or e-mail ssgulfcoastrelief@earthlink.net. Checks should be made out to Routt County United Way, with a note the money is for the Steamboat Springs Gulf Coast Relief. Checks can be sent to Steamboat Springs Gulf Coast Relief in care of Routt County United Way, P.O. Box 774005, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, or in care of Linda Laughlin, P.O. Box 774971, Steamboat Springs CO 80477.

LIFT-UP: LIFT-UP of Routt County is collecting material goods for the hurricane victims. The goods will be delivered to a church in Jackson, Miss. Donated items may be dropped off at Christian Heritage School between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday. Among the items needed are water purification tablets, blankets, extension cords, power strips, sunscreen, first aid supplies, batteries, duct tape, tarps, work gloves, tools, matches, Clorox wipes, facemasks, paper towels, diapers, paper plates, cooking utensils, chain saws and can openers.

Ambiente: Ambiente Home Furn--ishings and Gifts, 824 Lincoln Ave. is going out of business. Owner Jerry Kozatch has decided to donate all proceeds from the store's going-out-of-business sale to the American Red Cross. The store initially was to be closed by Tuesday, but Kozatch said he has made arrangements with the landlord to stay until everything is sold. Call the store at 879-6411.

Cafe Diva: Cafe Diva will offer a three-course, Cajun dinner Thursday night for $58 a person with all proceeds, including tips, to benefit the Red Cross. There will be open seating, but reservations are encouraged. Call 871-0508.

Mazzola's: Between 5 and 10 p.m. Wednesday, Mazzola's will donate all proceeds from meals to hurricane relief efforts. Patrons of the restaurant that night can pay for their meals by making out checks directly to the relief agency of their choice, including the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Animal Assistance League.

Epilogue: Epilogue Book Co. will give 20 percent of all sales next week to hurricane relief.

National organizations:

Red Cross: Residents can donate directly to the American Red Cross at redcross.org or by calling (800) 435-7669 (8000-HELP-NOW).

Salvation Army: Like the Red Cross, the Salvation Army is proving volunteers on the ground and delivering supplies to hurricane victims. To donate to the Salvation Army's relief effort, visit salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-725-2769 (1-800-SAL-ARMY).

Louisiana Disaster Recovery Found--ation: The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation has been established to provide immediate assistance to hurricane victims. Donate at katrina.louisiana.gov/donate.htm

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