Efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina are being coordinated by many individuals, agencies and organizations here in Chicago.

In the Austin area, drop-off locations are:

? New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church,

4301 W. Washington Blvd.

Rev. Marshall Hatch, Pastor

? Murdock Institute, 5090 W. Harrison

Mary Denson

? African Accents, 5847 W. Chicago Ave.

Malcolm & Stacia Crawford, proprietors

? AfriWare, 948 Lake St., Oak Park

Nzingha Amma Nommo, President

? Old St. Paul Baptist Church, 531 N. Kedzi, Rev. Paul Jakes, Jr., pastor

?  You may also contact Vera Davis, president of the Westside Branch NAACP, 1140 N. Lamon Ave., 773/261-5890 or Vivian Stewart Tyler 773/620-9603.

Monetary donations for victims in Mississippi can be sent to Mississippi Congressman Benny Thompson’s 501c3 organization: c/o Town of Bolton Development Corp., P.O. Box 300, Bolton, Miss. 39041, checks made payable to Town of Bolton – Tax ID 64-0548173. Thanks to Doris Lewis, former classmate of Cong. Thompson and Chicago activist for coordinating this effort along with her daughter, Yoluanda Brown, president of Chicago Chapter of Mocha Moms.

Items needed:

Water, Canned goods, Paper goods, Flashlights, Batteries, Candles, Bandages, Cotton balls, Antiseptic, Rubbing Alcohol, Powdered Milk, Baby Formula, Diapers, Men/Women/Children underwear, Lotion, Vaseline, Crackers, Hard candy, Men/Women Children clothing.