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Mount Airy 4-H club helps Florida kids

Ellen Bonde and her group of Mount Airy 4-H Clovers are leading an effort to help some of Dade County's youngest victims of Hurricane Andrew.

Mrs. Bonde contacted a friend living in central Florida, who also is a club leader, to see what 4-H kids could do to help in the hurricane relief effort.

"I wanted to make sure [the supplies] got into the hands that needed them," she said.

After several calls, Mrs. Bonde reached representatives from the Dade County 4-H, who vowed to take donations sent to them and personally deliver the supplies to schools hardest hit by the hurricane.

"That was the answer I needed to go ahead," she said.

Mrs. Bonde sent letters to the many 4-H leaders in Carroll County to ask for their help in the hurricane relief effort she refers to as "Kids Helping Kids."

Items most needed for Florida children in kindergarten through sixth grade include new underwear, school supplies of any type, and personal hygiene items to be kept at school such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, combs, washcloths and towels.

Mrs. Bonde said shoes, socks and anti-fungal medicine are also badly needed because of the damp conditions that remain in South Florida.

Mrs. Bonde said the Mount Airy Clovers will accept donations, which may be dropped off at St. James Episcopal Church in Mount Airy.

The donation should be labeled "Kids Helping Kids."

Donations also may be mailed directly to the Dade County 4-H Office, 1455 N.W. 107th Ave., Suite 786, Miami, Fla. 33172.

Mount Airy readies for its centennial

Mount Airy citizens will be able to wish happy birthday to their hometown tomorrow by signing a giant centennial anniversary card during the Fall Festival.

The town will turn 100 in 1994.

"We want to start publicizing it now," said Travis Norwood, chairman of the centennial celebration committee. "This is something that only happens one time."

Committee members hope the card will be placed on permanent display in the new Mount Airy library.

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