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2005 Media Releases

September 1, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Randy Jones, Lancaster County Red Cross, 441-7997
Leta Powell Drake, Salvation Army, 474-6263 ext. 105
Ann Harrell, Mayor’s Office, 441-7511
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547

Mayor Encourages Support For Hurricane Relief Effort

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today appealed to the citizens of Lincoln and Lancaster County to support relief efforts by the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, which are assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“Our hearts and our prayers go out to those in the Gulf Coast area that have been devastated by this unprecedented natural disaster,” said Mayor Seng. “As we count our blessings here at home, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army need our help now to provide critical relief in the wake of this historic and tragic disaster.”

The American Red Cross is launching their largest mobilization of resources for a single natural disaster involving thousands of trained disaster relief workers and tons of supplies. The Salvation Army and the Red Cross are each serving about 500,000 hot meals per day to residents and first responders in the devastating aftermath.

Monetary donations to the Red Cross and Salvation Army relief efforts are needed immediately.

“There is no contribution too large or too small – every contribution helps and we extend our most heartfelt thanks to those who can aid in this unprecedented disaster relief effort,” said Randy Jones, Executive Director for the Lancaster County Red Cross.

“As long as there is a need, The Salvation Army will be there to serve,” said Major Robert Boone of the Lincoln Salvation Army.

Checks earmarked “Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Effort” can be sent to the Lancaster County Red Cross, P.O. Box 83267, Lincoln, NE, 68501; made online at or by calling 1-800-HELPNOW. Financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, 2625 Potter St., Lincoln, NE 68503; made online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. In addition, TierOne Bank, Westgate Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Union Bank and U.S. Bank are accepting contributions to the Red Cross at their facilities. The Cornhusker Banks of Lincoln are accepting monetary donations to the Salvation Army at all of their locations.

“Citizens of Lincoln and Lancaster County have always shown a willingness to help out those less fortunate in their time of need,” said Mayor Seng. “In the truest sense of neighbor-helping-neighbor, I know they’ll again graciously respond and do whatever possible to help out their fellow Americans on the Gulf Coast.”

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