How you can help hurricane victims


To add a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser to this list, contact Brent Boyer at 871-4233 or bboyer@steamboatp....

A number of Routt County businesses, 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 Checks should be made out to Routt County United Way, with a note that the money is for 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.

Get Fat: A group of local restaurants has organized a "Get Fat on Tuesday" fundraiser for Routt County United Way and the Steamboat Springs Gulf Coast Relief effort to assist families who will be relocated to this area because of Hurricane Katrina. Participating "Get Fat on Tuesday" restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds from the day to the local assistance effort. Those restaurants are: Freshies, Antares, Cantina, Mambo Italiano, Creekside, Colorado Bagel Co., Johnny B. Good's, Mahogany Ridge, Azteca, Egg & I, Backcountry Provisions, Beau Jo's, 8th Street Steakhouse, Lucille's, Steamboat Smokehouse, Yacht Club, Ore House at Pine Grove, Riggio's, Tobiano's, Old Town Pub, Tugboat, Rio Grande, Panda Garden, Old West Steakhouse, Winona's, The Shack and Sevens.

Toy drive: A toy drive for victims of Hurricane Katrina has been organized by children in Steamboat Springs. Toys are being gathered for children displaced by the hurricane and now living at Lowry Air Force Base. Residents are asked to bring a new or used toy to the drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart. Toys also may be dropped off through Sept. 16 at City Hall, Steamboat Motors or the front desk of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel.

Ambiente: Ambiente Home Furnishings 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. Kozatch said he has made arrangements with the landlord to stay open until everything is sold. Call the store at 879-6411.

Epilogue: Epilogue Book Co. will give 20 percent of all sales through Sept. 19 to hurricane relief efforts. The donation will be matched by the M, M & M Foundation.

Bear River Bar and Grill: Bear River Bar and Grill will hold a Jambalaya and Jazz hurricane relief dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28. A minimum donation of $15 will be collected at the door. There will be live, local entertainment, and the restaurant's executive chef and a chef from Baton Rouge, La., will put together a Louisiana-themed menu.

Anchor Way Baptist Church: Anchor Way Baptist Church will hold a clothing drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. All clothing will be sent to victims of Hurricane Katrina through affiliated churches in the affected areas. Donors are encouraged to bring clothes for all ages and sizes to the church parking lot at 40650 Anchor Way in Steamboat II, across U.S. Highway 40 from Heritage Park. Call the church office at 879-7062 for more information.

Hayden: Hayden resident Cindy Wright is collecting items for Hurricane Katrina victims housed at Lowry Air Force Base in Aurora. Goods, including clean clothes, blankets, new pillows, baby items, first-aid items, games, books and school supplies, may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through today at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. No furniture or monetary donations will be accepted. Volunteers also are needed to help sort, pack and drive the items to United Way offices in Fort Collins and Denver. Call Wright at 276-4446.

The Center for Movement Arts: The company is offering its dance studio to anyone looking for space to hold a fundraiser for hurricane relief efforts.

Three Quarter Circles Ranch: The ranch is holding a Hurricane Katrina benefit shoot Sunday. The event is co-sponsored by Denver-based Mountain State Truck Sales, which will match 100 percent of up to $1,000. The shooting starts at 9 a.m. and ends after the last flight at 4 p.m. Participants will get 100 targets for $50, with 50 percent of all sales going to the disaster relief efforts. Call 846-5647.

Off The Beaten Path Bookstore: The bookstore is collecting funds to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina. Money can be deposited in one of three boxes in the store. The money will be give to the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Noah's Wish (devoted exclusively to animal rescue and shelter in disaster areas). Off the Beaten Path and The M, M & M Foundation will match up to $1,000 of donated money. Donations will be accepted through Sept. 30.

National organizations:

Red Cross: Residents can donate directly to the American Red Cross at 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 or call (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


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