Midwest flood relief tops $21,000

Fund-raising activities continue to fill the coffers of the Mount Airy Flood Relief Fund. Combined efforts have so far raised $21,811.

The latest event, in which eight Mount Airy restaurants donated 10 percent of their profits from Oct. 13 to the fund, raised more than $571. Three restaurants still have to report their contributions, said Suzanne Mead, a flood relief committee member.


Mount Airy residents began raising money for the flood-ravaged town of Alexandria, Mo., in August. The town of 500 is at the confluence of the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers.

The flood relief committee has matched 173 Alexandria families with Mount Airy residents in an adopt-a-family program for Christmas. Sponsors are still needed for 28 families.


Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg made good on his promise to arrange transportation for the Christmas presents to Alexandria. Bowman Trucking of Hagerstown is donating a tractor-trailer for delivery of the gifts, Ms. Mead said.

The drop-off dates for the adopt-a-family program are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 20 and 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the old Mount Airy Firehouse on Main Street.

The committee's next event is a dance Nov. 5 at the Francis Scott Key Holiday Inn in Frederick. Tickets may be purchased at Ben Gue Antiques on Main Street for $25 per couple or $15 per person.

To order tickets, call (301) 829-2079 or (301) 829-2112.