Mississippi GLBT community needs your help

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JACKSON – The work of assisting the victims of Hurricane Katrina is a round-the-clock effort in Jackson, Miss. Members of the Mississippi Gay and Lesbian Alliance (MGLA) along with the Southern AIDS Commission (SAC) appeal to you for help with their efforts.

Eddie Sandifer, founder of both MGLA and SAC, is heading up the effort.

“We need food, diapers, medication, money. These folks need everything,” says Sandifer. The needs are widespread and include gasoline to tranport goods to the people who need thm.

Operating out of Jackson, Miss., the groups are basically assisting with as many aspects of the rescus operation as is humanly possible.

Sandifer, a local legend, has been a gay activist since the 1940s. His dedication shines through in the current crisis in his community.

Sandifer has reportedly been the recent subject of a story by LOGO, MTV’s new gay network, in which they showcased his outreach to the Mississippi GLBT Katrina victims. His phone is ringing with calls as far away as California.

Donations may be sent to:

Katrina Assistance
5565 Robinson Road Extension
Suite "Q"
Jackson, MS 39204

Please make checks payable to the Southern AIDS Commission, a 501(c)3 organization, with a designation to Katrina victims if that is your intent.

Contact Eddie Sandifer at (601) 371-3019 or by email at eddies2@prodigy.net.

For further information about this article, you may also contact Beth Maples-Bays at Beth@outandaboutnewspaper.com.