Sunday, April 11, 1999

Where to donate, where to get help

        Banks, supermarkets, media outlets, insurance companies and churches worked with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to set up relief programs for tornado victims. Here's how to help:

Money Donations
        To donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund call 1-800-HELP-NOW.

        Jacor Communications Inc. set up funds through its eight local radio stations and one television station. Cash donations can be made at any Fifth/Third Banking branch or banking center for the Jacor American Disaster Relief Fund.

        FM radio stations WKRQ (101.9), WGRR (103.5) and WYLX (97.3) are coordinating relief efforts through any Provident Bank.

        The bank has set up an emergency loan program for tornado victims through May 31. Call 1-800-335-2220.

        The Salvation Army is accepting cash donations. They can be made to the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service at P.O. Box 238, Cincinnati 45201.

        “We are waiting for a dam age assessment before accepting material donations,” Kevin Berger, public relations officer, said. Victims may call 762-8605.

        Cincinnati and Dayton Kroger stores are accepting donations for “Tornado Relief” and those will be matched through Saturday.

        Thriftway stores will donate money collected in its Even-It-Up fund-raising program to tornado victims. Example: If a customer's bill is $10.08, the customers may add 92 cents to go to tornado victims. Information: 502-635-8281.

        Cincinnati Police set up a fund for Officer Kevin Brown, whose home was damaged, and his wife and three children. Donations can be sent to the Kevin Brown Tornado Fund, c/o Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union, 959 W. 8th St., Suite 101, Cincinnati 45203.

Other donations
        Bigg's stores are accepting nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies such as mops and brooms, and clothing and bottled water in the parking lots of the seven area stores.

        Locations are: 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Clermont County; 550 Forest Fair Dr., Forest Fair Mall; 5071 Glencrossing Way, Covedale; 4874 Houston Road, Florence; 3240 Highland Ave., Columbia Township; 9600 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason and 10501 New Haven Road, Harrison.

        Bigg's will also accept cash donations. For every $20 donation, Bigg's will issue a $25 gift certificate to the Red Cross for victims to buy supplies, food and cleaning products.

        For more information, call 241-3900 or 248-9300.

        Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, is accepting food donations and checks between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Call 791-0355.

        Joseph Beth Bookstore, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood, has set up a drop-off center for tornado victims, accepting nonperishable items and cleaning supplies.

        The Newport-based StarKist Seafood and Heinz Pet Products employees are conducting a fund drive through Monday and a clothing and food drive Monday through Thursday. Call 606-655-5557 to donate.

        Tri-County Mall will accept donations of nonperishable food items, clothing and bottled water at its FOX19 Station Break on the upper level of the mall between the Body Shop and Structure. Drop bins and signs will be provided. Donations accepted from noon to 6 p.m. today. Call 241-3900 or 346-4484.

        Cleaning supplies and such nonperishable items as soft drinks may be dropped off at the Coldwell Banker West Shell Cross County office, 9122 Montgomery Road. Items will be distributed in the tornado area by the Salvation Army. 984-1300

        The Mason Fire Department, Company No. 51 at 135 North Mason-Montgomery Road, is accepting furniture, clothing and nonperishable food items from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

        Bob Summerel Tire Co. has drop bins at its locations throughout the Tristate. They will accept nonperishable food items, clothing and bottled water.

Corporate help
        Firstar Bank has an emer gency assistance program to provide special home equity, personal, business, mortgage and construction loans to tornado victims.

        Personal and small business loans will be available up to $10,000 with five-year terms at a rate of 5.95 percent. Home equity loans will have terms up to 15 years at a rate of 6.99 percent with no closing cost.

        Home mortgage loans will be construction and rehabilitation loans with a one-year adjustable rate of 5.95 percent.

        All loans will carry a 90-day deferment in payment. Tornado victims may call 1-800-274-4111 through June 1.

        Ten Northern Kentucky hotels are offering free rooms to tornado victims. They are: Drawbridge Estate, Fort Mitchell; Quality Hotel Riverview, Holiday Inn Riverfront, and Hampton Inn Riverfront in Covington; Fairfield Inn, Wildwood Inn and Knights Inn in Florence, and AmeriSuites, Hilton and Holiday Inn at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.



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