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Jed Boal ReportingThe needs among hurricane victims are extraordinary and long lasting, but the donations from around the world and here in Utah have been steady. Utahns have been generous since hurricane evacuees arrived at Camp Williams.
The American Red Cross received more than enough resources to meet the needs of the evacuees. Camp Williams is no longer taking clothing and other donated items, but is sending people to the Salvation Army, Crossroads Urban Center and Deseret Industries.
Financial donations help the most right now. Financial contributions should go to the United Way.
Many Utah businesses, churches and service organizations in our communities are raising funds or collecting goods. Two high school students in Layton are filling the semi-trailer with food, water and cash at a Smith's Store. Zachary Black and Catherine Davis hope they fill it by Sunday and need water the most. Zachary's stepdad is a trucker, and they plan to drive the donations to a food bank in Houston.
Zachary Black, Layton Student: "I'm just trying to get the word out because it takes one person to get the ball rolling but a community to keep it going."
Catherine Davis, Layton Student: "Right now we're looking for a lot of water and money donations."
Short-term, the Red Cross is in good shape for volunteers, but will need more volunteers in the months ahead. Contributions for local assistance should go to the United Way.
Some of the evacuees were able to get out of the Gulf Coast with their pets. The Humane Society of Utah has been officially designated by the Red Cross as drop spot for these needy animals.
Anyone wanting to donate either canned or bagged animal food, blankets, bottled water or other necessary items to help the animal victims of Hurricane Katrina can bring them directly to the Humane Society's shelter at 4242 South 300 West in Salt Lake City.
If you'd rather make a cash donation you can go to their web site. The money will go directly to any one of the many reputable national animal organizations that are working to provide relief for those left stranded after Katrina.