Group prepares to ship Katrina relief supplies |

Group prepares to ship Katrina relief supplies

FRISCO – The public stepped up and donated the supplies. Then Wal-Mart vowed to give time and resources to get those supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.Kim Fancher, a member of the Summit County Builders’ Association, began soliciting donations for building materials to send to New Orleans several months ago. “The general public donated great stuff,” Fancher said. Fancher serves on the board of directors for the builders’ association.After the donations began pouring in, Wal-Mart jumped aboard and offered the use of two semitrailers to transport the materials to New Orleans. Wal-Mart will also supply drivers for the transit, Fancher said. She added that the transportation is completely free of charge for the association. After Wal-Mart guaranteed a second truck, the association renewed its search for new and gently used building materials. Specifically, they are still looking for insulation, power tools, drywall, nails and screws. The association is out of storage space, so most items will need to be brought to the trucks in the Frisco Wal-Mart parking lot on June 22, when the trucks will depart for New Orleans. Once the supplies get to New Orleans, members of the Summit County Builders’ Association will fly down to help coordinate the unloading process. An elementary school will serve as a staging area, Fancher said. The association hopes to hold a kick-off celebration in the Wal-Mart parking lot to celebrate the trucks’ departure and allow more people to donate. The celebration will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Donations will be accepted right up until the trucks leave at around 4 p.m., Fancher said. The trucks are slated to arrive in New Orleans on Saturday, June 24.It’s not too late to contribute- Call Kim Fancher at (970) 389-4017 or (970) 668-3155- Call if you’re unsure whether your item can be donated- Call to donate any new or gently used building materials- Call to donate any appliance in good working order

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