ST. PAUL -- In response to the catastrophic devastation from Hurricane Katrina, the office of State Representative Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, is organizing shipments of supplies for Minnesota-bound refugees. Several thousand evacuees from the New Orleans area will be sent to Camp Ripley for assistance in re-establishing their lives. Their needs for food and clothing will be immense.
“Many of my constituents have been asking me how they can make contributions to benefit the hurricane refugees coming to Minnesota,” Urdahl said. “I have made arrangements with major charitable organizations that are serving the victims who come here.”
Urdahl’s office is seeking nonperishable food; baby supplies including formula, baby food, and diapers; and personal hygiene items including soap, deodorant, combs, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
Drop off spots are being established and will be announced in the coming days. Groups that are already collecting goods, but need a way to get them to the refugees, should contact Urdahl at 320-857-2600.
The United Way, the Salvation Army and Hope for the City have coordinated their efforts to collect and redistribute donations to hurricane refugees coming to this state. Urdahl will help individuals and organizations get their donations to these refugees.
Also needed are new clothing items. Plans are that each evacuee will receive one complete change of clothes at Camp Ripley, including socks, underwear, a shirt, pants, and shoes, along with a sweatshirt and sweatpants, said a spokesperson for the Salvation Army. Only new clothing will be accepted, with the exception of winter jackets and coats.
Since each evacuee will be housed at Camp Ripley for approximately 45 days, leisure activity supplies are also sought. Playing cards, books, puzzles, coloring books, crayons, DVD’s, and similar items are very welcome.