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Cleaning products latest on list for Katrina relief

The Food Bank of Western New York says there is a desperate need for cleaning supplies, now that the homes of Katrina's victims are being opened.

Cleaning supplies can be dropped off at the Food Bank at 91 Holt St.; the office of Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, 500 Essjay Road, Suite 260, Amherst; and Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.

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The women of St. John's Lutheran Church in Orchard Park are assisting youngsters who lost clothing and other belongings in the storm by assembling "Kits for Katrina's Kids." The kits contain donated items from church members, family and friends.

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Reynolds has thanked Western New Yorkers for their donations to the two-day hurricane relief drive he sponsored at his offices in Williamsville and Greece. A full truckload of items was collected earlier this week.

Reynolds' office worked with the Food Bank of Western New York in Buffalo and Foodlink in Rochester to collect canned food, bottled beverages, toiletries and other items.

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University at Buffalo officials are urging members of the college community to donate blood, make a financial donation at Saturday's home football opener against Rutgers University or drop off non-perishable food items at the information desk in the Student Union on the North Campus in Amherst.

The university is asking students to "skip" a meal on their meal plan between Oct. 3 and 21, and Campus Dining and Shops will donate the cost of that food to the hurricane relief fund.

For more information, visit www.student-affairs.buffalo.-edu/wecare.

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Niagara County Community College's Office of Student Activities, the Student Senate and a variety of on-campus groups are collecting money, non-perishable food and necessities such as diapers and baby formula. Blue collection barrels are set up around campus.

The Student Senate also is selling Katrina Relief Ribbons on campus for $1, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross. And the NCCC Faculty Association has established a relief fund that will pass along any donations to the Salvation Army. Call 614-6445 for information.

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Daemen College in Amherst is sending donations and post-hurricane assistance to Spring Hill College, a small Jesuit college in Mobile, Ala.

Daemen hopes to raise $10,000 for Spring Hill's students to help buy clothing, medicine and other supplies, to set up scholarships for the school's students and to aid cleanup efforts.

Spring Hill sustained moderate damage from Katrina and is open for the fall semester, but many students lost their belongings and homes to the storm. Spring Hill also has taken in more than 150 displaced students from New Orleans-area schools.

For information on contributing, call 839-8200.

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The "Helping Hands Coalition," which represents several Asian Indian and Jewish community groups, will hold a fund-raiser for Hurricane Katrina victims from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Taste of India Restaurant, 3093 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

The program will feature a New Orleans jazz band, a children's choir, and Mardi Gras decor. There is no admission charge, but donations to the American Red Cross or other relief agencies are encouraged.

Sponsors include the American Jewish Committee, the Asia India Community Foundation, Chinmaya Mission of Buffalo. the India Association of Buffalo, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, the Niagara Frontier Sikh Society, Temple Beth Am, the Berger & Berger law firm and Michael Brummer and Associates.

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