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September 16th, 2008
Dear Church and Community Leaders:

Dear Church and Community Leaders:The City of San Marcos has opened an Intermediate Shelter for Hurricane Ike evacuees at the old Bowie Elementary School at 1225 Highway 123. We anticipate some 250 storm victims will spend two weeks or longer in this shelter until more permanent housing arrangements can be made. We are also sheltering numerous pets of evacuees-dogs, cats and other animals-at our San Marcos Animal Shelter.

The staffing of the Bowie Shelter is being provided by the City of San Marcos, Hays County, San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, Texas State University-San Marcos, Gary Job Corps Center, and the Cities of Kyle and Buda. We are also using volunteers from the Hays County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Our staff will conduct a needs assessment of the people we are sheltering before appealing to the community for specific donations of goods to aid the coastal evacuees.

Here are some ways you can help right now:

* Contribute to the American Red Cross/ Hays County so that donations may be directed to our local emergency shelter efforts. Donations can be made at the City of San Marcos Utility Offices, 630 E. Hopkins and 1040 Highway 123.
* Donate food goods to the Hays County Area Food Bank, 220 Herndon Street, San Marcos, 78666, 392-8300,
* Call our Volunteer/ Donations Hotline at 667-7790 or email to volunteer.
* Please direct coastal evacuees who have not yet registered to the Shelter Hotline in Austin at 512-974-1110 (or in Austin, call 311). Evacuees must be registered by the Capital Area Shelter Hub Program before they can be admitted into a shelter.
* Donate dog and cat food and kitty litter to the San Marcos Animal Shelter, 750 River Road, San Marcos 393-8340.

Thank you for your compassionate expressions of concern and caring for your neighbors from the Texas coast. We will keep you posted on the needs that they have.


Susan Narvaiz


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