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How to help Katrina Victims 

Relief organizations

The AMERICAN RED CROSS METRO ATLANTA CHAPTER is seeking monetary donations, volunteers and blood donations. It also offers information on how to create corporate and community fundraisers. Visit www.atlantaredcross.org or call 404-575-3730.

UNITED WAY METRO ATLANTA's most urgent need is monetary donations. As always it is also accepting volunteers, monetary donations and donations of furniture, clothing and other items. The United Way also provides support to organizations including the Red Cross. Visit www.unitedwayatlanta.org/katrina or dial 2-1-1 for their hotline, which includes information on how to help, or how to be helped if you are a refugee.

HANDS ON ATLANTA places volunteers into a variety of organizations that are in need of assistance, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Red Cross, and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. Hands On has an immediate need for skilled volunteers in all areas, including phone banking, security and particularly the medical professions, including doctors and crisis counselors. Visit www.handsonatlanta.org.

The SALVATION ARMY has set up drop-off locations for donations to specifically be made for hurricane victims. It's urgently seeking canned goods, hygiene items, twin blankets, sheets, pillows and towels. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 678-225-0885.

HOSEA FEED THE HUNGRY urgently requires both monetary and food donations for refugees staying in the Atlanta area. Visit www.hoseafeedthehungry.com, call 404-755-3353 or drop off donations at their offices at 1035 Donnelly Ave., Atlanta.

The ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK is seeking monetary donations (which can be specifically designated for hurricane relief), or donations of food, toiletries and water to help refugees in the Atlanta area. Visit www.acfb.org, call 404-419-1738 or drop off donations at their offices at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta.

Fundraisers

RATHBUN'S is hosting a hurricane relief dinner Sept. 11, 5:30-9 p.m.. Chefs from around Atlanta are cooking, with proceeds benefiting charity organizations. Tables of six can be purchased for $1,500 or $250 per seat. Standing reception tickets are $150. For reservations, call Rathbun's at 404-524-8280. 112 Krog St. www.rathbunsrestaurant.com.

MJQ/DRUNKEN UNICORN is hosting the Can't Stand Still benefit SEPT. 11 at 9 p.m. Bands including the Gates of Berlin, the Selmanaires, Scales from Nappy Roots, Psyche Origami, MF DOOM's dj Kool Akiem with Hassan Chop and the Hiss are performing. Admission is $10 and will benefit hurricane victims, canned good donations will be sent to the American Red Cross.

SAGE ON SYCAMORE is hosting a fundraiser SEPT. 12, 5-9 p.m. Cooks, waitstaff, bartenders and managers are donating their time and working for free. All proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief. 121 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-373-5574.

SALSAMBO is presenting a Salsa Fundraiser Sept. 22, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. All proceeds from the $10 performance will be donated to help flood victims affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The dance takes place at Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway, Atlanta. 404-652-45003. www.salsambo.com.

Creative Loafing-sponsored efforts

CREATIVE LOAFING'S FIELD DAY, an afternoon of fun and games at Centennial Olympic Park, also will be geared toward helping Katrina's victims. If you're looking for a way to help, join us at the park's North Field from noon to 2 p.m. on SEPT. 17. For more information on Field Day and updated information on Katrina-related activities, visit clpromotions.com/fieldday.

Volunteer opportunities, places to donate money and supplies and ways to lend support also are available at CL's Katrina help site, www.creativeloafing.com/hurricanerelief.

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