Mayor Don L. Robart announced today that Cuyahoga Falls has adopted D'Iberville, Mississippi (pop 7,608) to be the focus of the City's relief efforts from the devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
"By concentrating our efforts on this one town, we can maximize our effectiveness to the hurting people of Mississippi," said Mayor Robart.
Mayor Robart spoke with Pastor Paul Springer of the First Pentecostal Church, who is coordinating relief efforts for the townspeople. Pastor Springer reported that D'Iberville was victimized by a 40 foot wall of water, and that approximately 60% of the town has been completely wiped out. What remains has been severely damaged from the wind and flooding. Most of the residents have lost everything they had.
You Can Help
You can help by donating specific items or making cash donations. Immediate needs include Tarps, Hammers, Roofing Nails, 8-Penny Nails, Can Meats, Can Foods, Baby Shampoo, Lotion, Diapers, Pull-ups, Cooking Oil, Sugar, Dry Creamer, Instant Coffee, Chips, Sport Drinks, All Cleaning Supplies, Tents, Sleeping Bags, Air Mattress, Mustard, Ketchup, Mayo, Pickles, Salt and Pepper, Horse Feed, and Dog Food. Other needs include clothing, specifically new packaged underwear, T-Shirts and socks (all clothing must be new), baby items (such as diapers, formula, car seats, etc.), flashlights and batteries, basic first aid supplies, toiletries, and nonperishable food. Items can be donated by dropping them off at 1817 Front Street (former Prospect Mold and Die) beginning Monday, September 12, 2005, at 8:00 a.m. Donations will be received Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
One major need is money, as insurance will not cover the bulk of the damage suffered by the residents. To make a cash or check donation specifically for the residents of D'Iberville, Mississippi, send to:
City of Cuyahoga Falls Disaster Relief Fund
c/o Mayor Don L. Robart
2310 Second Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Also needed are able bodied volunteers to travel to D'Iberville to assist in the cleanup efforts. Please call 330-971-8200 for more information about how to join a team of volunteers to travel to D'Iberville.
The Mayor's Office
330-971-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org