Portales residents continue to help victims

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer

Portales residents continue with efforts to help Hurricane Katrina victims, even as the need for cash donations become increasingly urgent.

Some organizations have stopped accepting clothing and food donations because these items require manpower to separate and itemize, said to Chuck Haman, Portales city emergency management coordinator.

Haman said he attended meetings Thursday and Friday in Albuquerque with state emergency management officials.
“In general non-cash donations are being discouraged at this point,” Haman said.

The goal of raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina is the objective of the High Plains Yard Sale. The drop-off site and sale location is the Curry County Fairgrounds. The sale will be on Oct. 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sharon King of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce said the yard sale was given the name High Plains Yard Sale to allow for cities and towns in eastern New Mexico to be involved under one name.

“There were many nonprofit organizations which got together for the yard sale,” King said. “The American Red Cross, Department of Health, the Matt 25 Hope Center, Boy Scouts and other folks from different nonprofit organizations.”

King said there will be a meeting of Portales city representatives and other community members at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. King said a decision will be made on whether to focus all their efforts to help with the yard sale or to have a yard sale in Portales.

Eastern New Mexico volunteers are taking donations for the Hurricane Katrina evacuees and cashiers at the Administration Building.

Diana Cordova of Multicultural Affairs said Tuesday they will announce totals of the money raised.

Cordova said the money will be given to the American Red Cross.