Close to home
Local shelter: Hundreds of people evacuees arrived Monday in Raleigh, where they will stay at the Wake County Hurricane Disaster Victim Center near the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Food is provided, but donations of new clothes and toys are needed. Contact Wake County Human Services at 212-9595, or drop off donations at 220 Swinburne St in Raleigh from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Thursday.

N.C. Peace & Justice Coalition: Raising money to charter buses to deliver donated supplies and then offer to bring refugees back to be hosted by Triangle families. Each bus requires $5,000; donations can be made online at Mail checks made out to NC Peace & Justice to NCPJC, PO Box 25107, Durham, NC 27702., 360-2028 (Andrew Pearson).

Urban Ministries of Wake County: Coordinating with dozens of congregations in the area in preparation for the possibly permanent relocation of New Orleans-area refugees. UM will also be prepared to provide some short-term medical care, help with basic needs and temporary housing. 256-2165,

Cameron Park Neighborhood in Raleigh: Running a letter-writing campaign to offer personal, handwritten words of encouragement to people who have fled to the Houston convention center. Children are encouraged to write. Packages will also include stationery, pens and stamps for evacuees to write their loved ones. Drop off letters and supplies at Sparrow Educational Consulting, 724 Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh by Mon, Sep 12.

Whole Foods Market: Accepting donations for the American Red Cross and matching all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million. Store locations in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill.

Fun ways to give
Acme Food & Beverage in Carrboro: Hosting a New Orleans-style wine dinner on Sun, Sep 11, at 6:30 pm. All profits will go to the Red Cross, and a Red Cross representative will be on hand to accept any additional donations. 110 E Main St. For reservations, call 929-2263. $58/person.

Five Star in Raleigh: Hosting a Mardi Gras party on Sat, Sep 10, at 10 pm and gathering donations for the Red Cross. 511 W Hargett St, 833-3311.

Franklin Street Pizza & Pasta and Village Pizza & Pasta in Chapel Hill: Donating all proceeds Wed, Sep 7, to the Red Cross. 933-5277, 163 E Franklin St and 960-3232, 11312 Hwy 15-501N.

Galaxy Cinema in Cary: Donating 100 percent of its share of box office revenue of all shows after 5 pm on Fri, Sep 9. For shows and showtimes:, 463-9989.

Raleigh Little Theatre: Donating all proceeds from Friday’s opening night performance at 8 pm of The Story to the Red Cross. 301 Pogue St. 821-3111, $15, $12 seniors and students.

Zorba’s Restaurant in Chapel Hill: Holding a benefit on Mon, Sep 12 from noon to 9 pm. All profits from that day will be donated to the American Red Cross. 105 S Elliott Rd, 967-5517.

Music & concerts
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro: Hosting DeltaAid Hurricane Relief Concert on Tue, Sep 27 at 7 pm. Artists Mamadou Diabate, Mosadi Music, Barefoot Manner and Alex Weiss & Different Drum will perform, with net ticket sales going to ACORN’s Hurricane Recovery and Rebuilding Fund. Tickets are $7; additional donations are encouraged. 929-2787,

Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro: Hosting a Musicians Relief Concert on Sat, Sep 24, with door proceeds going to Music Maker’s New Orleans Musicians Fund. Chpael Hill businesses will match those donations with gifts to the Red Cross. The schedule isn’t finalized, so stay tuned:,

CD Baby: Local and national musicians are donating profits from their albums to the Red Cross through the online store:

Lincoln Theater in Raleigh: Hosting a five-band benefit show Thu, Sep 8 at 8 pm with proceeds going to the Red Cross. The lineup is Mike Babyak’s Triple Fret, Symple, The Electric Church, Mayhap and Bakamaru. Suggested donation is $10.

Preservation Hall: New Orleans’ legendary music venue has established a relief fund for New Orleans musicians. You can donate at, 1-800-957-4026, or by sending a check to New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund, PO Box 9081, Miramar Beach, FL 32550.

3 Doors Down: These Mississippi natives are asking people attending their Alltel Pavilion concert on Fri, Sep 9 at 6:30 pm to bring at least one canned food item. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will collect the cans, and the Red Cross will collect cash donations.

Essentials needed
Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC: Gathering the most needed items: paper goods, single serving snacks, cleaning supplies, peanut butter, high-protein canned meals, other nonperishable single serving meals. Bring donations to 3808 Tarheel Dr, Raleigh, 875-0707 and 708 Gilbert St, Durham, 956-2513.

Peacefire Galleries in Durham: Has joined with the National Heritage Foundation to create a 501(c)3 focused on direct relief to families victimized by natural disasters. They will ship donated canned goods, nonperishable food items, diapers, toiletries, grocery gift cards and pre-paid long-distance calling cards directly to families. Drop off items at 105 E Chapel Hill St. 682-5808,

National help
Southern Mutual Help Association: A nonprofit specializing in the relief of poverty in rural communities. Its Rural Recovery Fund is concentrating on helping victims in rural Louisiana. Donate online at, or send a check to 3602 Old Jeanerette Rd, New Iberia, LA 70563.

Oxfam America: Working with partner organizations along the Gulf Coast to help restore the livelihoods of fishermen, farmers and others living in rural areas with already high poverty rates.

NAACP’s Disaster Relief Fund: Will be used to provide immediate assistance to the worst affected victims; mobilize resources to feed, cloth and shelter displaced victims; and to ensure the equitable distribution of money and resources from federal, state and local government and other relief agencies. 1-866-996-2227.