How to help
Following Friday’s deadly tornado outbreak, many people have offered assistance, including Josie Zimmerman, formerly of Corydon, owner of Scottsburg Pet Center, who donated pet food and arranged for a semi-tractor trailer load of pet food to be delivered to the Clark County communities ravaged by the tornado.
The greatest needs now are for money, non-perishable food items, diapers, wipes, shampoo, soaps, cleaning supplies, buckets, brooms, plastic storage totes, gloves and plastic garbage bags. Not needed are perishable/refrigerated/frozen items and clothing.
Here are ways to make a monetary donation or to provide assistance:
‘United Way ‘ Call the UW volunteer service at 1-812-287-0519 or go online to www.metrounitedway.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=9 and click the appropriate tab to volunteer or donate cash.
‘Red Cross ‘ Call 1-800-733-2767 or online at www.redcross.org to make a cash donation or to volunteer.
‘Hypnosis by Randy ‘ Randy Emily will perform a show Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the YMCA of Harrison County in Corydon. The suggested admission is a minimum $10 donation. Members of the Harrison County Youth as Philanthropists group, which is under the Harrison County Community Foundation, will collect the donated admission money. Refreshments will be available, also for a donation. Emily said 100 percent of all money collected will go toward disaster relief. Anyone who wishes to donate by check is asked to have those made payable to the American Red Cross.
‘Insight Eye Care ‘ Dr. Tim Masden said his office, located along S.R. 64 east of New Salisbury, will give free eye exams from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19, to anyone who donates at least $25 or gives a backpack filled with school supplies. Proceeds from the day will be given to Henryville schools. Masden said he wanted to do something after seeing former North Harrison school superintendent Monty Schneider on TV talking about the devastation to the Henryville schools. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam, call 366-3147.
‘Goodwill of Southern Indiana Inc. ‘ Gently used items are being collected at any of the 11 area Southern Indiana Goodwill stores, including the Corydon site. Groups that wish to have a donation drive can call 1-812-283-7908 to have donation boxes delivered.
‘Milltown Police Department ‘ The police department is collecting non-perishable items, as well as toiletries and cleaning supplies (no clothing), for distribution to shelters for the tornado victims. Chief Marshal Ray Saylor said he prefers donors call first (633-2045) but items can be dropped off at the police department along Hancock Street.
‘Capital Court Apartments ‘ The Corydon apartments, located at 785 Regina Lane, will act as a drop-off point for clothes and linens, ‘basically anything except food and household items,’ said manager Judy Keithley, who has family living in Henryville, about two blocks north of the school campus. For more information, call 738-1966.
‘St. Mary’s Catholic Church ‘ The Lanesville church is accepting clothing, diapers, underwear and food (drop off on the church porch). For more information, call the parish office at 1-812-989-0333.
‘Lincoln Hills Christian Church ‘ The Corydon church, located on Dale Avenue, is accepting donations of money and/or clothing items (especially for children), blankets, diapers, bottled water and non-perishable food items. Donations can be dropped off at the church office. For more information, call the office at 738-8253.
‘Corydon Central High School ‘ The school is collecting new socks and underwear during school hours to give to the American Red Cross. For more information, call Micky Miller at 738-4181.
‘Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department ‘ Firefighters had a roadblock yesterday (Tuesday) and will collect again Friday from 8 a.m. to dark and all day Saturday, at intersections in Corydon, with donations going to the Red Cross. Anyone interested in helping should call Randy Fessel at 734-6318.
‘Fashion Bug ‘ The Corydon shop will give a $10 coupon to customers who donate diapers, baby wipes, other items for babies, cleaning supplies or plastic totes, said store manager Dana Salings, who already donated items from her home to aid victims. The coupon will be good toward a minimum $40 purchase at the store.
‘YMCA of Harrison County ‘ The Corydon Y is collecting money and supplies during regular hours.
‘Hometown Salon and Barber Shop ‘ The Corydon business will open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday when haircuts, waxing, pedicures, manicures and Shellac will be provided at regular prices with all the proceeds benefiting the victims of the tornadoes. Other area businesses will also contribute and participate, including Warren Printing, Blissful Treasures and Sugar High, a new bakery shop next door to Hometown Salon.
The Indiana Volunteers Active in Disasters has established the Official Volunteer Reception Center, being operated by United Way at 723 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.
Volunteers must register, sign release and obtain safety training at the United Way Volunteer Reception Center. Because of current safety hazards, volunteers must be at least 18 (may accept volunteers ages 16 and 17 with signed parental consent). Younger volunteers may be accepted after hazards are cleared. Work boots, heavy-duty gloves and warm clothes are recommended.