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St. Louisans keep helping hurricane victims

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By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO –

People in the St. Louis region are finding a number of ways to help vicitms of Hurricane Katrina.

Erin McGlothlin, of the Tower Grove East neighborhood in south St. Louis, has a brother and mother still in New Orleans. Their Uptown neighborhood isn't flooded or rife with looters - but is without power.

McGlothlin is able to help her brother from St. Louis. "He spends his day talking to people, going to check the neighborhood, and then talking to me and then I've posted his reports on a blog so people know how things are going," McGlothlin said Friday morning. "And I've been spending most of my days sitting in front of a computer."

Meanwhile, across the Mississippi River, a 75-year old couple in Troy, Ill. has taken in 15 people from storm-ravaged Louisiana - and only six of them are family members.

Dawn Michelle, with the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, has asked nearby businesses and residents to help out, and they've responded with free food, medicine, supplies, and even a doctor's house call.

"We have three outlets in the city where people can drop off items. We received a call yesterday from one of the drop-off place who said we have a problem.' And I said Oh, gosh, what is it?' And they said our conference room is full, we don't know what to do with the stuff.' So that's not a bad problem to have."

People can drop off supplies for the much-extended family at the Bank of Edwardsville, First National Bank, or Express Fitness in Troy. Or they can call Dawn at the chamber at 888-667-8769.

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