Monday, April 12, 1999

How to give/get help

        Following is a compilation of relief efforts for tornado victims:

Money donations
American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund: (800) HELP-NOW.

        Jacor American Disaster Relief Fund: Cash donations can be made at any Fifth/Third Banking branch or banking center.

        FM radio stations WKRQ (101.9), WGRR (103.5) and WYLX (97.3): any Provident Bank.

        Salvation Army cash donations: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service, Box 238, Cincinnati 45201. Victims may call 762-8605.

        • Cincinnati and Dayton Kroger stores will match donations through Saturday.

        Thriftway stores will donate money collected in its Even-It-Up fund-raising program.

Cincinnati police have set up a fund for Officer Kevin Brown and family: Kevin Brown Tornado Fund, c/o Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union, 959 W. Eighth St., Suite 101, Cincinnati 45203.

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

        Bigg's also will issue a $25 gift certificate to the Red Cross for every $20 donation. Information: 241-3900 or 248-9300.

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

        Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood, drop-off center for nonperishable items, cleaning supplies.

        StarKist Seafood and Heinz Pet Products employees are conducting a fund drive through today and a clothing and food drive today through Thursday. Information: (606) 655-5557.

        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 by the Salvation Army. Call 984-1300.

        Mason Fire Department's Company No. 51, 135 N. Mason-Montgomery Road: furniture, clothing and nonperishable food items, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

        Bob Sumerel Tire Co: nonperishable food items and clothing at its Tristate locations.

Corporate help
        Firstar Bank has set up an emergency assistance program to provide special home-equity, personal, business, mortgage and construction loans to tornado victims.

        All loans carry a 90-day deferment in payment. Call (800) 274-4111 through June 1.

        Provident Bank has set up an emergency loan program for tornado victims through May. Call: (800) 335-2220.

        Ten Northern Kentucky hotels are offering free rooms to tornado victims: 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, the Hilton and the Holiday Inn at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Contacting utilities
        To have gas or electric service restored, call Cinergy, 421-9500.

        • To report problem with gas: 651-4466.

        To report electric problems: 651-4182.

        • Cincinnati Bell: residential repair, 566-1511; business, 566-1611; 24-hour help, 565-6090.

Lost and found
        Friday's tornado carried the belongings of many victims for miles.

        Area residents who find such items can call Sycamore Presbyterian Church at 683-0254. Or drop them off at the church, 11800 Mason Road, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. today and Tuesday and between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

        The church will try to match the items with their owners.

Psychological counseling
        Victims needing counseling can contact the following organizations for assistance:

        Red Cross, 579-3900.

        United Way Helpline Information and Referral Center, serving Hamilton, Clermont, Brown, Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, 721-7900.

        281-CARE is Talbert House's Crisis Care Center serving Hamilton County, 281-2273.

        Hamilton County Family and Children First Council, 946-5465.

        Fernside Center for Grieving Children, for those who lost a loved one, 841-1012.


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