You can still contribute…

Golden Heritage Foods is still planning to send a truckload of donated goods to Baton Rouge, La., by Sept. 15 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

On the list of needed items are:

— Bottled water

— Diapers

— Baby food/formula

— New towels

— Toothpaste/tooth brushes

— Female sanitary products

— Non-perishable cheese/crackers

— Canned goods with pop-top lids (fruit, fully cooked meat)

— Granola bars

— Baby wipes

— Flashlights and batteries

— New pillows, bedding

— Jars of peanut butter

— Toilet paper

Donations of material goods should be taken directly to Golden Heritage Foods, located in the Hillsboro Industrial Park at 120 Sante Fe, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Cash donations are welcomed as well, specifically to defray the cost of goods sent to Louisiana on Saturday, which totaled almost $24,000. Donations can be sent to Golden Heritage Foods directly or dropped off at the Hillsboro Free Press, 116 S. Main.

Donations to the GHF relief project are NOT tax deductible.

Area residents, businesses and churches have already been responding generously to the challenge from Golden Heritage Foods to donate money and goods for Gulf Coast refugees, according to company officials.

“Whenever I go to town and run errands, somebody hands me a $100 check here and $50 cash there,” said Judy Hiebert, employee relations coordinator at GHF.

“It’s just amazing.”

Anyone with questions about the collection project should contact Hiebert, Brent Barkman or Jacqueline Cusick at 620-947-3172.

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