Wednesday, April 14, 1999

How to help, get help


Money donations
        The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League will contribute $1 for every ticket bought for the Mighty Ducks game Saturday against the Kentucky Thoroughblades at 7:35 p.m. A box for monetary donations to benefit the Red Cross will be set up at the game and during the club's Fantastic Fanally carnival Friday through Sunday.

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

        Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, Kroger stores will match donations through Saturday.

        Thriftway Marketplace 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.

        The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati in Blue Ash is taking contributions. Make checks payable to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati/Tornado Relief, 4380 Malsbary Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati 45242.

Donations for victims' children
        • A fund has been established for the 5-year-old son of Charles Smith. It is the Charles Cameron Smith Trust Fund; PNC Bank, Montgomery Square Office, 9909 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, OH 45242. Donations can be made at any PNC Bank.

        • The University of Dayton has created a scholarship fund in honor of Jacque and Lee Cook. Initially, it will help cover college expenses for the Cooks' son, Ryan. Administrators hope to make it grow into an endowment that will help other students after Ryan graduates. To donate, send to the Jacque and Lee Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, the University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio, 45469-1621.

Other donations
        Franklin Savings & Loan branches are serving as drop locations for donations of clothing, toiletries and nonperishable food. Information: 469-8000.

        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.

        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.

        The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors will develop a temporary rental registry to help people displaced by the storm in Montgomery, Blue Ash and other areas of Southwest Ohio. People or firms with short-term rentals available in those areas are encouraged to call the board at 761-8800. The registry is free.

Free shots
        The Hamilton County Health District is offering free tetanus boosters to people involved in the cleanup. Locations change daily. Call 326-4540 for details.

Lost and found
        The Red Cross has arranged for Sycamore Presbyterian Church to serve as a “lost and found” for tornado victims. Anyone finding items that might have been scattered by the storm can bring them to the church.

        The church is at 11800 Mason-Montgomery Road in Symmes Township. Call the church at 683-0254 for details. Church hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

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.

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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