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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX005 (2005)

ARLX005 Radio amateurs helping hurricane kids through toy drive

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Special Bulletin 5  ARLX005
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 3, 2005
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX005 Radio amateurs helping hurricane kids through toy drive

Hams across the country are helping hurricane kids this holiday
season. The ARRL has partnered with The Salvation Army to come to
the aid of children in the coastal areas of Alabama, Mississippi and
Louisiana this season by conducting a nationwide toy drive. Toys are
already have begun to arrive at the drive's Memphis, Tennessee,
collection center.

"Over the past weeks, we have all heard of the devastation left by
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many ham radio operators actually
experienced it first hand through volunteer service or on their
radios," said ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts,
W1AGP. He's been serving as the ARRL Headquarters "point man" for
the 2005 Toy Drive. "Thousands of families are without a place to
live for the coming holiday season, but hams from all across the
country are coming to their rescue again through the League's

Between now and early December Amateur Radio operators will be
gathering unwrapped toys for youngsters aged 1 to 14 and shipping
them to the Memphis facility for distribution over the holidays. The
address is ARRL Toy Drive/The Salvation Army, 1775 Moriah Woods
Blvd--Suite 12, Memphis, TN 38117-7125.

The Salvation Army volunteers will distribute the toys collected at
the ARRL warehouse throughout areas of the US Gulf Coast where the
need is greatest.