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Keokuk Relief Effort Increasing

Keokuk, IA – Local leaders have begun coordinating a larger hurricane relief effort in Keokuk. Churches, service clubs, and organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army have all been accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. An attempt to centralize the relief efforts is underway in Keokuk. Mayor Dave Gudgel says a community-wide relief response will make it easier for residents to donate by providing one central location: Keokuk's HyVee grocery store. He says the city is focusing on certain items: bottled water, non-perishable food, soap, toothpaste and other hygiene products. Gudgel says the supplies will be loaded onto a semi and driven to the Gulf Coast Region, where the donations will be distributed.