KJ Zumwalt plans return to Biloxi to help rebuild

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

EUREKA SPRINGS -- KJ Zumwalt, from Caribe Restaurant, recently returned from volunteering in Biloxi, Miss., with First United Methodist Church of Eureka Springs in hurricane relief efforts, and has determined to return with more supplies and her truck on Feb. 7.

There is a desperate need for more of the tools necessary to rebuild the homes devastated by Katrina, she said.

Among items she specified as being needed are a table saw, electric planer, sheet rock drills, mudding trowels, pole sander, box cutters, band saw, painting supplies, cordless electric drills, wire strippers, respirators, skill saw, chalk lines, tape measures, hammers, 10-foot or taller ladders, sheet rock lifter, concrete mixer, electric palette lift, masonry bits, lockable tool trailer, motorized post hole borer, chisels, saw horses and scaffolding.

Zumwalt added, "and any other tools that might be helpful when you are building homes."

She has two trailers lined up to transport the equipment, and anyone who would like to help out with supplies may bring them to Caribe, at 309 W. Van Buren (U.S. Hwy. 62 West) as soon as possible, or call her and she will come and pick the items up. Tad's Quickstop is also taking supplies and donations all this week. To contact Zumwalt, telephone the restaurant at (479) 253-8102, or her cell phone at (501) 658-5611. Persons should leave a message on her cell phone if she does not answer.

Cash and gift cards to Home Depot and Sears are also desperately needed, she said.

Checks should be made payable to First United Methodist Church of Biloxi.

Further information regarding reconstruction efforts in Biloxi may be viewed on the Web at fumcbiloxi.org, directaid.com, and butterknifehouse.com

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