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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ohr O'Keefe Museum Information

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Museum hours are Monday-Friday 9-4:30, and a variety of exhibits are up throughout the year, including a grouping of George Ohr pottery. A gift shop is also open featuring regional potters and art books. Admission is free to visitors; a small fee is requested for larger group tours.

$98,000 in grants given to help rebuild historic places
11 get grants to help rebuild historic places
Grant recipients
Coast Main Street Organizations
Captain Colle House, Pascagoula
Saint Michael's Church, Biloxi
Allenbach House, Bay St. Louis
Historic Buelah Methodist Church Community Center, Lyman
Edwards House, Pearlington
Walter Anderson Cottage, Ocean Springs
Soria City Masonic Lodge, Gulfport
Old Waveland School, Waveland
Randolph School, Pass Christian
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Creel House, Biloxi

Open Studio
Beginning Aug. 1, the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art will offer an open pottery studio Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for the public as well as current students of the museum. Also, the museum, at 1596 Glenn Swetman Drive in Biloxi, will now be open for visitors on Saturdays from 10-2.

The studio has seven wheels available. Artists must call and reserve a spot one week in advance. The museum will charge a $20 fee for studio use which includes one 4 hour day (not to be split) and later visits to trim and glaze works. Current museum students may use the studio for free,but must reserve a space. The museum will need a 48-hour notice for cancellations or re-scheduling.

Potters must bring clay or purchase it from the studio which is $30 for 25 pounds. Potters can use all studio materials including wheels, tools, kiln, and low-fire glazes. However, high-fire glazes must be brought in by potters.

Firing charges will apply to all pieces of work. Charges will depend on size of pieces, number of pieces, and types of glaze.

If you would like more information please contact: Sara R.Miller, Educator, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, ohroutreach@yahoo.com, 228.374.5547.

Poster Contest
The 14th Annual George Ohr Fall Festival of Arts is sponsoring a poster contest with a prize of $300. The contest is open to all artists 18 and over. The deadline is August 10, 2007, and entries may be mailed or delivered to the transitional location of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 1596 Glenn Swetman Drive, Biloxi, MS 39530.

The work must be original and reference George Ohr in a creative fashion. Past posters for the fall festival sell rapidly in the museum gift shop, which still has an inventory of all but one or two posters.

Jurying will be done by members of the Fall Festival Committee. For more information, call 228.374.5547 or see www.georgeohr.org.

Schedule of Events
June 8-August 10: “Mississippi Clay Invitational". This exhibition will take a close look at some of the best clay workers in the state of Mississippi alive today. The works will include contemporary uses of clay to traditional pottery. All artists are currently residing in the state of Mississippi. Guest curator: Brian Nettles of Pass Christian.

July 26, at the museum, free of charge:
George E. Ohr Begs to Introduce himself as…Potter to the Push
Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 6PM
Glenn Swetman House, 1596 Glenn Swetman Dr., Biloxi. 228.374.5547. www.georgeohr.org
Anna Harris, curator, give a “re-introduction” to the life and work of George E. Ohr in a gallery talk and slide show. Guests will have a chance to tour the exhibition Potter to the Push, the current display of Ohr pottery, with Harris while hearing about the development of Ohr’s innovative ceramic style.

(added 3/30) August 24: Opening Reception, Diggin’ It, Ohr Rising Gulf States Juried Competiton (added 6/22) Sixty original works from artists of the five Gulf Coast states. Reception: 6 to 8 p.m.

August 24-September 28: Diggin’ It Gulf States Juried Competition. Sixty original works from artists of the five Gulf Coast states. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 1596 Glenn Swetman Dr., Biloxi. 228.374.5547. www.georgeohr.org . Admission: free. Small fee for guided group tours. Gift shop featuring variety of local artists.
The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is proud to announce the Mississippi Gulf Coast artists that have been accepted to be participants in the Diggin’ It 2007 Ohr Rising Gulf States Juried Competition;
Rebecca Dennis, Gulfport;
Yvonne Brown, Gulfport;
Susie Ranager, Ocean Springs;
Michelle Allee, Pass Christian;
Dena Ladner, Pass Christian;
Patrick Shannon, Gautier;
Rhonda Kinzer, Gautier;
Lori Gordon, Bay St. Louis.

Of the 150 entries, 60 original works were selected as participants and eight winners will be chosen. The competition was open to artists in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The winners will be revealed at the Diggin’ It opening reception on Aug. 24.

Scott Young a ceramist of San Juan Capistrano, CA, was elected as this year’s competition juror. “In my selection process, I looked at the presentation of each piece, the initial impression, the content or idea(s) present, the execution of skills and techniques used in fabrication and its spirit,” said Young.
The piece that receives the Mad Potter’s Award for Ceramics will be awarded $1000. Other awards include Ceramics Best in Show, All Media Best in Show, and five Juror’s Awards for all media.

September 29-30, Biloxi Town Green:
15th Annual George Ohr Fall Festival of Arts
Sponsored by the City of Biloxi and Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
Call for details: 228.374.5547. http://www.georgeohr.org/
Art booths; great food; children’s activities; live music.
Mustache contest. Potters’ game. Raku booth.

On exhibit permanently: Varying selection of George Ohr pottery (Ohr 1857-1918). Includes Ohr’s 1892 Urn, inscribed “Mud Dauber”, and the Biloxi Lighthouse vase. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 1596 Glenn Swetman Drive, Biloxi. 228.374.5547, info@georgeohr.org.

Movie Schedule
1596 Glenn Swetman Drive, Biloxi
All films begin at 6:30 pm and a discussion follows led by Ohr-O’Keefe docent Paul Dubaz.
Admission is free; donations are welcome.

Underwritten by a Friend of the Museum

Thursday, August 16: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
A very young and beautiful Catherine Deneuve falls in love with an auto mechanic against her widowed mother’s wishes. The entire story is told through music by Michel Le Grande and is colorfully directed by Jacques Demy.

Thursday, September 20: Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Tita is the youngest of three sisters who live near the border of the United States in early 20th century Mexico with her widowed mother. An old family tradition forbids Tita to marry because she must care for her over protective and domineering mother in her old age.

Thursday, October 18: Beauty and the Beast (1946 version)
Jean Cocteau directed this live action version of the ancient fairy tale 45 years before Disney’s animated hit. This French cinema classic tells the same story but in a very surrealistic and adult presentation.

Now located in a transitional home of the historic Glenn Swetman House in Biloxi, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art offers free meeting space for community clubs and organizations. It is recommended that meetings be booked at least six weeks in advance. Donations are welcome, of course! For more information, contact Trish Lawrence, 374.5574, or studio@georgeohr.org.

Volunteers are also being sought to join the still-active corps of volunteers and docents at the museum. In particular, volunteers who enjoy working with school groups are sought to assist museum educators with the very popular Great Tile Project, which has now served over 1,500 students in the three coast counties, with almost 2,000 more youth scheduled for projects in the coming months. The first group of volunteers will be needed by mid-February. For more information, contact Holly Zinner, holly@georgeohr.org; or Sara Miller, cjjpjd@yahoo.com

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s Education and Outreach program will be traveling this school year visiting schools in Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties offering hands-on clay projects for students grades k-12. The Education and Outreach program, sponsored by the Foundation for the Mid-South, is designed to enhance children’s knowledge about the art history of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Since last year, the Outreach program has expanded the projects they offer.
For 2007, teachers will have the choice between fired or air-dried projects. The air dry clay projects will include pinch or coil pots, clay sculptures, imprinted tiles, or George Ohr masks. The fired clay projects will include pinch pots, press bowls, wind chimes, magnets, clay masks, or The Great Tile Project. The Great Tile Project has been an ongoing production at the
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum.

Due to costs, the museum will charge $2 per child for the fired projects; the air dry projects are free. Each project will be complete with an education piece about the history and pottery techniques of Biloxi potter, George Ohr.

Last year, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s Education and Outreach program reached over 6,000 students in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. Sara Miller, Ohr-O’Keefe Educator, will be coordinating the program this year. Other representatives from the museum that will be visiting coast schools include Kathy Bristol, Morgan Hartman, and Chuck Comstock.

The Ohr-O’Keefe’s Museum of Art’s goal is to reach as many young people as possible with traditional art opportunities through the Education and Outreach program.

If you would like an information packet for your school or would like to schedule an outreach please contact: Sara Miller, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Education and Outreach Coordinator, outreach@georgeohr.org or 228-374-5547

July 20-22: Beginning Watercolor Workshop. Instructor: major Southern painter Victoria Lenne of Tennessee. At Community Development building, Howard Ave., Biloxi. Limited enrollment; pre-registration required. $200; $180 for museum members. Sponsored by Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 228.374.5547, http://www.georgeohr.org/.

July 27-29: Advanced Watercolor Workshop. Instructor: Victoria Lenne. Limited enrollment; pre-registration required. $200; $180 for museum members. Sponsored by Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art 228.374.5547, http://www.georgeohr.org/.
July 18 A few spots remain in the advanced water color session. The fee is $200 for three days; $180 for museum members. For more information, call 228.374.5547 or email studio@georgeohr.org.

July 18 Weeklong Clay Workshop through Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art - October 1-5

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will sponsor a five-day clay workshop Oct. 1-5 at the studio of Brian Nettles in Pass Christian. There is a limit of six students for the workshop, and spaces are filling fast. Trish Lawrence, 228.374.5547 or studio@georgeohr.org, is keeping a waiting list for the workshop.

In this five-day intensive clay workshop, students will learn to discover personal forms by learning to use the potter’s wheel as a tool. They will learn to take basic cylinders from the potter’s wheel to the work table and push, pull, cut and stretch into functional pots for food use, paying special attention to handles, spouts, feet and lids.

This class is open to all serious students at all levels. The instructor, Brian Nettles, a studio potter has been working in clay for over twenty years. He received his BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and continued his education studying in Japan. He has taught numerous workshops around the country and his work can be found in private and public collections around the world including the Mobile Museum of Art, The Tokoname Cultural Center, in Tokoname Japan, Mississippi Museum of Art, Key West Community College, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art,

Fee: $475 - $450 for Ohr-O’Keefe museum members
(Class size will be limited to six for more personal attention.)
This includes 50 pounds of clay and the work will be bisque fired.
(Glazing may be a possibility through Nettles Studios at a later date).
Location: Nettles Studios, Pass Christian, MS Situated in the middle of 30 beautiful acres, students will learn and observe nature with Brian where he finds his inspiration.

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Gulf Coast Women's Ctr for NonViolence

Please only send new, unused, unwrapped items for Christmas gifts.
Stacey Myers, LMSW
Clinical Services Asst. Director
Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence, Inc.
P.O. Box 333 Biloxi, MS 39533
(228) 432-2358 office

Alarm Clocks
CD Players (small boom box or head phone sets)
Address Books
Bath items (lotions, body wash, etc)
Music CD’s – Country, Rock, Gospel
Movies – (Nonviolent & Nonsexual)
Gift Cards (Wal Mart, Mall, Restaurants, hair or nail salons, bookstores)
Reading Lamps
Disposable Cameras (for Christmas Morning)
Jackets/Coats (all sizes)
Towels – Bath & Kitchen
Pots & Pans
Sheets (All sizes)
Comforter sets (full/queen)

Gift Certificates (Mall Stores, Walmart, Music stores)
CD Players
Music CD’s
Movie Gift Certificates
Wallets (Boys & Girls)
DVD Movies (Nonviolent, no Rated R)
Room décor (Bedding sets, mirrors…)
Curling Irons
Hair Straightening Irons
Teen watches
Jackets / Coats
Any other age appropriate, popular items for the season

Pre-Teens (ages 8-12)
Movies DVD’s
Gift Cards
Movie Passes
Roller Blades
Skate Boards
Balls (basketball, baseball, football)
Sports Equipment (bats, helmets, etc.)
Room Décor (age appropriate for either boys and girls)
Board Games
CD Players
Jackets / Coats
pajamas (all sizes)
Any other age appropriate, popular items for the season

Children (birth – age 6/7)
Doll Strollers
Building Blocks / Legos
Dress up clothes
Games (age appropriate)
Tea sets
sporting equipment (age appropriate)
Any other age appropriate popular toys for the season

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Salvation Army of MS

The Salvation Army is seeking your assistance to support The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and Red Kettle Holiday Fund-raising Campaign as we continue our efforts to help the Coast's six counties (George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River and Stone) get "back to normal".

This is an important and special program that benefits many local needy individuals. Each year The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, companionship to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the disabled, and many more services.

We invite you to attend our 2007 Christmas Cheer (Angel Tree and Kettle) Kickoff on Wednesday, November 21st, 5:00 p.m. at Edgewater Mall, between Traditional Jewelers and Auntie Anne's. We will have a short program with WLOX featuring Christmas Carols and music.

We are also working with Edgewater Mall to provide a gift wrapping service which will be located by our Angel Tree display. We would be happy to wrap gifts for your annual Christmas party as well!

We are providing Christmas stocking for Senior Citizens this year. If you would like to help, I will be happy to drop some off for you. Suggestions items to include: Gift cards, socks, stamps, cards, stationery, lotion, disposable razors, shaving cream, etc.

We are very happy to announce that this year you can go to http://www.onlineredkettle.org/ to donate and/or sponsor you own business and/or personal Kettle!!!
We are still signing up and need bellringers as well. Would it be possible to put these in employee areas so they can sign up as a Volunteer to ring bells for us? We are ringing at
all the area Walmarts, Edgewater, Diamondhead and several other locations.

Our dates to prepare for distribution are December 13th and 14th and we will be distributing Angel Tree gifts from December 17th through December 20th. We are in need of lunches being provided for our, usually about 75, Volunteers. (We do have commitments for lunch on December 13th and 19th. ) Please consider providing lunch for any of these dates.

May we count on you for bell ringer volunteers, adopting Angels, or a donation?

Thank you for your help!

Brandi H. Clarke
Director of Financial Development & Community Relations
The Salvation Army
Phone: 228-326-4365

We are the Link between the Receiver and the Giver.
We anticipate exceeding the numbers over last year both Receivers and Givers.

-Registration started October 1st
-Intake forms taken until December 1st
-12 years or under
-Valid picture ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID)
-Original Social Security card AND birth certificate for children (verify are indeed the parent), if Guardian, bring Guardianship documentation
-Current utility bill or lease (verify in correct service area)
-One toy wish
-Children’s clothing sizes written down

BAY ST LOUIS OFFICE (Hancock and Pearl River Counties and City of Pass Christian)
12077 Highway 603; Bay St Louis, MS 39520 (Hwy 603 Plaza)
-Walk-ins welcome, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p. m.

BILOXI OFFICE (East Harrison)
575 Division Street; Biloxi, MS 39530
-Walk-ins welcome during, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p. m.

GULFPORT (West Harrison & Stone Counties)
-1200 Pass Road; Gulfport, MS 39501
-Walk-ins welcome during, Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 11:45am and 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

PASCAGOULA OFFICE (Jackson and George Counties)
3217 Nathan Hale Avenue; Pascagoula, MS 39568
-Appointments Only Monday through Friday, 8:00 – 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


We ask Gifts be returned by Friday, December 14th.

BAY ST LOUIS OFFICE (Hancock and Pearl River Counties and City of Pass Christian) 12077 Highway 603; Bay St Louis, MS 39520 (Hwy 603 Plaza)
-Monday through Friday, anytime after 8:00 a.m.

BILOXI OFFICE (East Harrison)
575 Division Street; Biloxi, MS 39530
-Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p. m.

GULFPORT (West Harrison & Stone Counties)
-1200 Pass Road; Gulfport, MS 39501
-Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 11:45am and 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

PASCAGOULA OFFICE (Jackson and George Counties)
3217 Nathan Hale Avenue; Pascagoula, MS 39568
-Please call 228-762-7222, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p.m. or
-Email: Michelle_Collette@uss.salvationarmy.org

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Poster to Hang

This is just a suggestion for you to hang at local restaurants, churches, universities. I used it last year and it made people look.

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Family Of The Week

11/26 All of the needs of all of the families will be taking center stage until after Christmas. Please follow this and add to the gifts being given.

First - What friends, family and I are doing for some survivors Updated 11/26

Now - do you want to help a family? If you are from the Binghamton Area and would like to assist, please contact me at KatrinaCoalition@aol.com. I am more than willing to pay for shipping if you are willing to buy the gifts. I have them categorized by family below, with head of households listed first. ALL of the families want the children taken care of first! Items in Bold Red are Promised to be gotten. 11/23 - list is up only a few hours and someone has already started helping! Woo!

Or would you like to help an organization helping Katrina Survivors? I am compiling a list of local Gulf organizations in need as well as national agencies that are assisting. You can contact them directly from the information I list, or you can contact me for further information. Have posted this on another page

The following is a Wishing Tree of sorts. It is all of the items that are needed by the families that are still able to contact me. Many have lost internet service - they can't afford home phones anymore. But, those who have responded have sent me lists of needs and wishes for this Christmas.

For Dogs - Many of the families have pets:
Flea Collars
Regular Collars

69 y.o. Grandmother - Disabled with Bad Hips
Pinks, Blues & earth tones.
pants/jeans size 24
shirts (button ups or T-shirts).
Bra - 44D (no under wire please, white or beige)
Panties - Size 13 any color (she likes the silky fabric, rather than the cotton).
Shoes - 10 wide.
Socks - ankle socks size 10 women's (tennis & dress).
electrical drill with both forward and reverse, she would love an warm winter blanket - king size to wrap up in

46 y.o. Mother - Disabled with traumatic arthritis
Purples & earth tones, frills
T-shirts - 3X-5X Long
Pants - 28 tall women's, 3X in stretch pants and shorts.
Bra - 44DD (no under wire please, any color) is allergic to fiberfill
Socks - Size ladies 9/10 anklets and crew cut (any color).
Shoes – 8 1/2 Wide/Extra wide
I do enjoy decoupage, crotchet, knitting, painting, drawing and other creative crafts.

32 y.o. Working Mother
Black (think subtle goth style)
Shirts/T's size S-M.
Skirts/pants/jeans size 0-4 women's.
Bra - 36A
Panties - Ladies size 6/7
Socks - Ladies size 9/9 1/2
Shoes - 9/10
Would love to have hair accessories and scrunchies. a warm ski suit, since she freezes even down here.

Their Children:
School Uniforms (all public schools in the south require uniforms)
Khaki, navy for pants, skirts and jumpers. Navy, light blue & Maroon for shirts. Socks - white, navy, maroon.

15 y.o. girl
Camouflage, pinks, blues.
Shirts/T's size M-L ladies.
Skirts/pants/jeans size ladies 6/7
Bra - 36B
Panties - ladies 6/7 (any color)
Socks - ladies 9-91/2 anklet & crew
Shoes - women's size 9-10
Would love to have hair accessories and scrunchies.
Make up.
CD's - Country & Rap, DVD's - Comedy & Horror

14 y.o. Boy
Red, black, & green.
Shirts/T's - boys size L
Pants/shorts/jeans - size boys 18 regular
Boxers only - size 16/18
Socks - 9-91/2 crew
Shoes - men size 91/2 - 10 1/2
Model Cars & Airplanes Playstation-II Games DVD's - something 14 year old boys would like

13 y.o. Girl
Pinks, blues.
Shirts/T's size M-L ladies.
Skirts/pants/jeans size ladies 6/7
Bra - 36B - 36C (pastel)
Panties - ladies 6/7
Socks - ladies 9 - 91/2 anklet & crew Loves toe socks.
Shoes - women's size 9 - 9 1/2
Would love to have hair accessories and scrunchies, jewelry, stuffed animals. Something pretty to sit on her dresser, CD's Country (her favorites are Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Nelly and Kid's Pick), earrings, Make up and finger nail polish.

12 y.o. Boy
Yellow, blue & orange.
Shirts/T's - boys size L.
Pants/shorts/jeans - size boys 16 husky.
Boxers only - size 14/16
Socks - 9-9 1/2 crew
Shoes - size 8 1/2 - 9
X-Box Games, Playstation-II Games to play at a friend's house.

7 y.o Girl
Purples, reds/magenta, blues
Jumpers/dresses - size 12 -14 chubby.
Shirts/T's - child's size Large
Pants/shorts/jeans - size 12 - 14 chubby.
Socks - anklet & knee highs, Loves toe socks.
Shoes - 5 1/2
hair accessories and scrunchies. Children's DVD's (she loves watching these!), Mermaids, Brat dolls, Coloring Books.
28 y.o. Mother - unable to find consistent work
everyday/work environment attire , button down blouses, bottoms etc. I wear M/L in blouses it differs,sometimes L will be to big in blouses and tops sometimes not, ,bottoms size 12
Toiletries - all
Paper products - all
Dental assistance
Gas for travel.
Laptop for College

10 y.o. Girl
couple of burgundy uniform tops for school, navy bottom, everyday tops/bottoms, undergarments.
She is growing up. I was in denial still trying to squeeze her into a 10/12 but she needs size 14 bottoms,and 14 tops to be safe.
bratz the moviez remote control corvette cruiser
bratz atm machine
bratz microphone
bratz styling head (mannequinn head)
bratz cyber style kids interactive laptop
kids watch
mp3 player
clothes or gift card to purchase
shoes or gift card to purchase
41 y.o. Mother/Grandmother
Clothes (shirts size large, pants 7, pajamas, socks, etc)
*Work clothes (blouses size large, dress pants size 7) 1 of each Promised
Purse - Promised
Pots or other kitchen items such as plastic storage containers, cooking utensils
Rice Cooker - Promised
Gift card for groceries would come in handy (Winn Dixie, Walmart, Sam's)

21 y.o. woman
Clothes (Shirts size xlarge, jogging suit xl, paiamas, socks, etc)
Camera Promised
Photo album/scrapbooking items
Bath and body products (body wash, lotion, etc)

19 y.o. son
Clothes (Shirts size Large or XLarge, jeans size 34 waist, underwear Large, socks, tee shirts) Shirt, T-shirt Promised
Electric Razor
Any sports items (he loves Basketball and Football)
Blank CD's
Alarm Clock Promised

13 y.o. girl
Clothes - Either 14/16 or a small in juniors (tops, jeans, jogging set, socks, underwear, etc)
Pink Digital Camera - Promised
CD's - She loves country music (Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood, also Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers)
Games - Twister (She has scattergories and clue...family games)
Items from Claires - Hair accessories, earrings, necklaces...any girly type things
She enjoys shopping so a gift card would be great - she loves Aeropostale, Target, Walmart

20 month old girl
Clothes - 24 months (preferably winter clothes.) A few Promised
Shoes - Size 6 or 7 in infants/children Promised
Toys - She likes baby dolls, toys that make music/sounds, toys that teach shapes/colors, books
Hair Accessories - Barrettes, hair ties, etc
Other - Diapers (size 4), baby wipes, sippy cups, powder, lotion, warm character blanket.

8 month old boy
Clothes - 9 to 12 months (preferably winter clothes...shirts, pants, socks, winter jacket, etc)
Toys - Anything with sound/lights, any baby toy trucks, books, etc
Other - Diapers (size 3 - he's a big boy :), baby wipes, etc)

31 y.o. Disabled Mother
I am in serious need of electric assistance

45 y.o. Disabled Father
Food, cleaning supplies, blankets

9 y.o. Boy with ADHD
shirts men's med., men's 9 1/2 shoes, pants men's 40x30's
needs some long sleeved white shirts no collar and royal blue polo shirts for school uniforms
he loves games and fishing, science and animals
he is ADHD and has several learning disabilities

12 y.o. Girl
Shirt women's med.'s
shoes 9 1/2 pants 10 or 12
loves music
make up and girly stuff

28 y.o. Mother
shirts - large
Pants size 9/10
Shoes size 7
Cleaning Supplies
Gas cards

60 y.o. Grandmother (dying of ulcerative cholitis)
Shirts - large
Pants - 9/10
Shoes - 7
Instant Carnation Breakfast Powder
CVS gift cards for medications

13 y.o. Boy
Shirts - sm mens
Pants - size18 boys
X-Box game - Halo 3 to play at friend's house

This family is brand new to the list and is currently dealing with a death in the family. No list yet, but I'm sure general "kid" stuff would be most appreciated.
33 y.o. Mother
32 y.o. Father
9 y.o Boy

2 y.o. Girl
1 y.o. Girl (8 weeks premature)


30 y.o. Mother
housewares, towels, dishes (any solid color), glasses,
clothes jeans (size 16 can be bought in tall sizes), bedding, shirts (L or 16),shoes 11, a car (haha), anything for a house really
My mom has lost alot of weight so she would love some clothes that fit! Stress is a great diet sometimes. Jeans: 20Tall Shirts: 1x or 2x Shoes: 12

11 y.o. Boy
any WWE action figures or anything to do with WWE or wrestling
Jeans: 34 x 29; Shirts - men's medium or boys XL
any transformers
Ladder Match (WWE)
Modern Warfare (video game for xbox)
Call of Duty (video game for xbox)
The NOLA Saints
11/23 - 21:15
26 y.o. Mother - working
Bedding for twin mattresses
ink for HP Printer (#s 21,22)

8 y.o. Boy
Clothes - size 10/12
Books - Any for an 8 y.o. boy. Curious George, Goosebumps, etc.

6 y.o. Girl
Clothes - size 7/8
Books - Disney, coloring books, cartoon books, stuff for a 6 y.o.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thanksgiving CoHR

The only reason I see a need to push the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas is when people in need are involved. Last year, many organizations and people (myself included) got blind-sided by the holidays, scrambling to organize assistance.

So many of these survivors still don't have Christmas ornaments! No stockings, no money for presents for their children, nothing for Thanksgiving.

This year, many of us have been anticipating this and have begun our campaigns early. The following links are different examples of what people are doing, what some hope to have done, what some wish could be. If you are touched in anyway, please help. $10 buys a gift or 50 ornaments. $20 can buy a prelit Christmas tree. $50 buys Thanksgiving for at least a family of 4.

My Pop Art is doing its part to help

Buy a Calendar For Your Babe!

Boat People Reports On The Katrina Cash Crunch

Hurricane Katrina Relief's Efforts

TryNova's Holiday Coping For Survivors

CE's Post for Pickin' Up The Pieces

8 Days of Hope is Going for New Years

JudyB of Thanks, Katrina, posts about a volunteer memorial

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Lead Exposure

The following is an exerpt from a gov't report (MMWR).

If you are a volunteer, please consider getting your lead levels checked. If you are a resident, PLEASE consider getting your lead levels checked. If you have children, do not hesitate in getting their lead levels checked. If you are a volunteer, please consider donating a lead blood test to a resident in need.

Katrina stirred a lot of chemicals that have been dormant in the soil for years up to the surface.


Recommendations for Testing

CDC (102) and AAP (3) have recommended that health-care providers conduct blood lead tests on children enrolled in Medicaid and those identified as being at risk on the basis of the state or local screening plan or the risk assessment process. Federal policy requires that all children enrolled in Medicaid receive screening blood lead tests at ages 12 and 24 months and that blood lead screening be performed for children aged 36--72 months who have not been screened previously (103). Despite this, blood lead screening rates for Medicaid children have been low (<20%) href="http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/grants/contacts/CLPPP%20Map.htm">http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/grants/contacts/CLPPP%20Map.htm.

Targeted screening strategies enable clinicians to assess risks for individual children and recommend blood lead testing for a subset of children in the jurisdiction thought to be at increased risk for lead exposure. CDC recommends that risk evaluations be conducted on the basis of such factors as residence in a geographic area, membership in a group at high risk, answers to a personal-risk assessment questionnaire (which might include local factors such as cultural practices or products, such as herbal remedies, traditional cosmetics or imported spices), or other risk factors relevant to the jurisdiction (102).

CDC recommends that locally developed targeted risk assessment and blood lead screening strategies be applied at ages 1 and 2 years (102). Children aged 36--72 months who have been identified as being at risk and who have not been screened previously also should receive a blood lead test (102). For clinicians in areas that lack a state or local screening plan, CDC recommends that a blood lead test be performed on all children at ages 1 and 2 years and on children aged 36--72 months who have not been screened previously (102).

Because lead exposures might change with a child's developmental progress (e.g., walking or reaching window sills) or as a result of external factors (e.g., family relocation or home remodeling), two routine screenings are recommended (at approximately ages 1 and 2 years). Among children in Chicago at high risk with BLLs <10>10 µg/dL when tested again at age >2 years (103). This report does not change current CDC recommendations in ages for routine blood lead testing. However, certain local health departments (e.g., those in Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) recommend blood lead screening at younger ages or more frequently (106--108). For example, these departments recommend BLL testing starting at ages 6--9 months in high risk areas, blood lead testing at more frequent intervals (e.g., every 6 months) for children aged <2 years, or the provision of additional education and more rapid follow-up blood lead testing for children aged <12 months with BLLs 6--9 µg/dL.

Resource Guide for help and information
Consumer Product Safety Commission - recalls, etc. www.cpsc.gov
Dept of Health and Human Services - FAQs www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead
The EPA - lead in drinking water - www.epa.gov/lead

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