The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 9, 2005

Local Katrina relief efforts continue

To the Editor:

HELP IS ON THE WAY. Chris Johnson (left) of the Citizen Action Team helps movers load a 40-foot trailer with locally collected coats, books, blankets and bedding bound for the Gulf Coast. (Photo by Christy Barbee)

It's shocking to hear of the conditions that persist in this country, three months after the hurricanes. You don't see it on the news, but thousands of people in Mississippi and Louisiana are still going without basic necessities such as homes, food, and warm coats.

At year-end, when many of us look to help those in need, please remember our fellow Americans along the Gulf Coast. You can help by donating food, cleaning supplies, store gift cards, and coats/jackets/sweaters/sleeping bags (no other clothing, please!) as well as new, unwrapped toys in original packing and gift-wrapping items.

Citizen Action Team, a local group of volunteers, is working with the Greater Boston Food Bank to ship cases of nonperishable food and cleaning supplies to emergency supply distribution centers. We continue to collect coats and jackets; 10% of these will be shared with the United Way and other organizations to meet needs in our area.

Goods can be dropped off at the Carlisle School; at the home of Chris Johnson, 1090 North Road (detached garage); and at mine, 98 Cranberry Hill Lane (walk-in garage). It helps a lot if food and cleaning items are packed in sturdy boxes clearly labeled as to what they contain. Cases and other bulk items are being made available for this drive by local merchants Crosby's (which is offering a 10% discount), Staples (which is helping with shipping), and Donelan's (which is making special shopping cards available).

To donate money or learn more about how you can help, contact me at crittyb@pobox.com or 369-4343. CAT maintains an extensive database of organizations in the region looking for volunteers and donations.

Christy Barbee
Cranberry Hill Lane

World AIDS Day

To the Editor:

Beginning in 1988, the first of December is set aside as World AIDS Day. This is a day to mourn, to educate, and to remember all those who are affected by AIDS. The international symbol of AIDS awareness is the red ribbon. People around the world wear this ribbon throughout the year to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS.

The United Nations estimates there were 37.2 million adults and 2.2 million children living with HIV at the end of 2004. About half of all the people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35. These are staggering statistics. World AIDS Day is crucially important in its effort to increase awareness and education about the fact that HIV has not, unfortunately, gone away. HIV is still a threat to men, women and children around our world, so we all need to acknowledge and look closely at the facts and truths on this disease.

According to the Mass. Dept. of Public Health HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts has increased during each of the last five years.

Susan Lowell
Carroll Drive

Thank you

To the Editor:

Since moving to Concord and retiring from the Mosquito staff some years ago (as proofreader and occasional poet,) I have been enjoying the privilege of continuing to receive weekly copies of the paper, as a courtesy from the current staff. I have really appreciated this unexpected gift and cherish the privilege of keeping abreast of everything that goes on in Carlisle from week to week. I love getting the news of my old home town and hearing about old friends and familiar places in stories and pictures, presented with wit and verve. Thank you!

Barbara Bennett
Concord


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