'Caring for the Coast': Region 8 Responds Strongly

SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CDT, updated at 7:24 a.m. on Sept. 2

JONESBORO, AR - The people of Region 8 have responded to KAIT and the Triple FM radio group's 'Caring For The Coast' hurricane relief drive in almost overwhelming numbers.  After only one day, four tractor trailer rigs already loaded down with pallets full of bottled water are on their way to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Also, more than $50,000 in monetary donations was collected yesterday...money that will be turned over to the American Red Cross to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

 Today marks the second day of  a two-day operation in which KAIT and the Triple FM group are teaming up to collect bottled water and money for Katrina's victims.

A very special thanks is also due to firefighters with the Jonesboro Fire Department and officers with the Jonesboro Police Department, as well as crews from City Water & Light, who helped load the many cases of water that were donated yesterday.

Yesterday marked the first of two consecutive days of 12-hour shifts of collecting water and money on the northeast corner of the Indian Mall parking lot in Jonesboro.  K8 and Triple FM teams will again be on hand at the mall until 6 p.m. today, accepting donations.

The water will be shipped to the studios of WLOX-TV, KAIT's Liberty/Raycom sister station in Biloxi, Mississippi, where it will then be distributed.  The water is being taken to Biloxi by Gary Beard Trucking, a Trumann-based transport company.