GarCo still welcoming hurricane victims |

GarCo still welcoming hurricane victims

Garfield County residents continue to extend their open arms and make donations to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Alpine Bank announced at a press conference Tuesday that it will be donating $393,408 to the Red Cross for Katrina relief. The money includes $50,000 in matching grants from Alpine Bank and a Snowmass Village family.

At the press conference, Bogalusa, La., resident Kristy McNabb and Joe and Carmen Simon, of New Orleans, told of their losses because of the hurricane and thanked Garfield County residents for their support.

The McNabbs have relocated to the Glenwood area and the Simons now live in Rifle, in a house Joe McNabb said his daughter in-law owned.

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters held a meeting Tuesday at West Star Bank to discuss relief efforts.

Micaela Johns, of the Glenwood office of the Salvation Army, said that the group has received about $10,000 in local donations for hurricane victims.

Mike Alsdorf, of the Grand Junction chapter of the Red Cross, said it is helping 81 evacuee families that total 320 people dispersed throughout the 10 Western Slope counties the chapter serves, including Garfield and Pitkin counties.

He said Katrina is the costliest disaster the Red Cross has ever responded to. Katrina laid waste to 353,000 homes along the Gulf Coast, he said.

Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520

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