Coin drive raises $4,000 for relief effort

The tallies are in from community-wide fundraisers to help American Red Cross relief in the wake of the East Coast terrorism.

Students, staff and parents collected about $4,000 in change in Hood River County schools in a coin drive last week for the Red Cross.

Of that, Hood River Middle School students collected $1,327, Westside Elementary raised $1,127, and May Street students collected $1,027.62. All schools participated, but the figure does not include donations from Hood River Valley High School, which holds its collection this week as part of Homecoming. (Key Bank is making a 10 percent match to all school donations.)

"The kids really got behind the project," said Cindy Schubert, Hood River Middle School assistant principal, who worked with her student leaders to get the project going district-wide. "It's nice to see that some schools took it on and brought in a lot of change."

"A lot of change" included some $100 and $20 bills, and at least three checks for $100 or more, Schubert said.

Other local fundraisers held in response of the terrorist attacks have been successful in collecting thousands of dollars for relief efforts:

The "One Day's Pay" campaign organized by hair stylist Tammy Pauley rallied local businesses and employees to donate their wages or make other contributions to the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Fund. More than 125 donations have been made so far totaling $13,481.75.

The drive will continue through Friday; contributions can be made to the Hood River branch of Columbia River Bank.

Doug's Sports held its own fundraiser prior to the One Day's Pay campaign. Employees' wages and store sales for one day were donated to relief efforts, a contribution totaling $1,350.

Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate's Hood River and The Dalles offices donated $1,000 to the National Association of Realtors Housing Relief Fund and $1,000 to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund. The Housing Relief Fund will help pay for the mortgage and rental costs of affected families.

Hood River Cinemas and Skylight Theater owners Andrew and Melissa McElderry donated all box office and concession receipts from Sept. 18 to the Red Cross -- a total of more than $750.

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