ABC chapters and members have donated relief supplies and raised more than $100,000. The association has also been providing contractors to help in both the recovery and rebuilding efforts. ABC is featuring a disaster relief section on its Web site for members and others to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to offer their assistance.
"From a very early point, even as the extent of the destruction from Hurricane Katrina was still unfolding, our 79 chapters and members nationwide wanted to help in any way possible," said Kirk Pickerel, ABC president and CEO. "The quickness, generosity and compassion of our members have been overwhelming. We have seen chapters from as far away as Alaska taking it upon themselves to gather and transport much-needed resources to the Gulf Coast region, as well as different chapters working together to meet relief goals."
In the Washington, D.C., area, ABC's national organization joined with its area chapters to collect donations of badly needed items, such as bottled water, canned foods and diapers. The donated items were then loaded in three large trailers and driven to the association's Jackson, Miss., chapter, where they were distributed to storm survivors.
In addition, ABC's Trimmer Education Foundation has established a fund to receive financial donations to help ABC members, chapters and chapter staff that have been devastated by the hurricanes. The foundation will determine the distribution funds in response to grant requests forwarded by chapters in the hard-hit areas.
For more information, visit www.abc.org/disasterrelief.