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Reaching out: Local residents react to Katrina's aftrmath

When Kevin Jones woke up Labor Day morning, he wanted to do something special for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.


Kevin Jones poses in front of his family's golf car on Labor Day. The Thomson Elementary School pre-K student rode around his neighborhood selling candy to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. His parents, Charles and Kim Jones, said the fundraiser was all Kevin's idea.

So the four-year-old got his family on the golf car and rode around his neighborhood selling candy to raise money for the victims.

And he wasn't alone.

Sitting in the Bi-Lo parking lot, Thomson resident Damon Davis watched as people brought bag after bag of donations for his trip to Mississippi. Describing one donation, he almost chokes up: the little girl, wheelchair-bound and on her way to the Jerry Lewis Telethon in Augusta, asked her mom to stop by and then spent her allowance in the dollar store on donations.

A day earlier, more than 100 buses, police cars and other vehicles from New York City made a gas stop in McDuffie County while on their way to New Orleans. They were met with free breakfast and car horns and cheers of supports.


Damon Davis tells Annette Lee of Thomson what items are most needed for his hurricane help mission.

Meanwhile, Thomson High nurse Mary Drye hopes McDuffie County Board of Education members will OK her plans to spend two weeks helping out the Red Cross in New Orleans.

"We can collect money and all that kind of stuff, but they need real help in that area," said Superintendent of Schools Mark Petersen.


Jack Bradshaw donates money. Mr. Davis said he planned to purchase baby formula and bottles with the money, because that is the item he received the least donations.


Sylanne Davis, 3, amuses herself in the trailer while helping her Daddy take up donations for hurricane victims.

Web posted on Thursday, September 8, 2005


Temperature:53° F
Wind:from the W at 5 MPH
Visibility:10 miles
Dew Point:53° F
Updated: 04-Nov-2010 10:01

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