All Wrapped Up Begins Shipping Katrina Relief Contributions

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Mill Valley business forwards disaster relief items to hurricane Katrina victims.

All Wrapped Up, a Mill Valley Mail and Parcel Center, has connected with an affiliate store near Baton Rouge Louisiana to get needed goods into the hands of hurricane Katrina refugees. All Wrapped Up is currently accepting donation of goods that will be packed and shipped free of charge to an outer lying New Orleans area for distribution to relief shelters.

The devastation from Katrina continues to worsen throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. This disaster is proving to be of epic proportions and will affect hundreds of thousands of Americans at the most basic levels - lack of food, water, clothing, safe housing, etc.

In a time of what is desperation for many, the Association of Mail and Parcel Centers (AMPC) has called on its member stores to combine their resources to help those in need. All Wrapped Up will collect relief supplies and ship them to an AMPC store near the devastation. Located about 100 miles from New Orleans, the Ship-N-Store is a combination mail and parcel center and self-storage facility that will serve as a delivery hub for relief-related items. The store is located in close proximity to a church that will assist in distributing the items, and because of their access to storage, Ship-N-Store can accept large shipments.

"Reading about the numerous acts of selfless heroism in the destruction zone, I’m overwhelmed by the courage and compassion displayed by these people," says Lisa Walsmith who operates All Wrapped Up with her husband Ross. "What we’re doing is so small, but still I’m pleased we have this opportunity to help. It’s important to get goods directly into the hands of those in need as soon as we possibly can. They say every little bit counts," added Walsmith.

Donations can be made at All Wrapped Up, 38 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Hours of operation are Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00, Sat 9:00-5:00.

About All Wrapped Up

All Wrapped Up (http://www.allwrappedup.com) is Mill Valley’s downtown Mail and Parcel center, owned and operated by Lisa and Ross Walsmith since 1988. Services at the store include packaging and shipping, gift-wrapping, notary public, mailbox rentals, and retail sales of cards, gifts, and mailing supplies.

About The Ship-N-Store

The Ship-N-Store is a Mail and Parcel center in Baker, LA. Additional information can be obtained from Lana Griffin (225) 774-2114.

About the AMPC

The Association of Mail and Parcel Centers is the leading association of independently owned Mail & Parcel Centers with over 2700 members. For more information on AMPC, call (800)365-2672 or visit their website (http://www.ampc.org)

Suggested donations include:

Non-perishable food (snacks, cheese/peanut butter crackers, candy,

cookies)

Baby food/formula/bottles/wipes/diapers adult depends

Blankets, Pillows, Sheets

Batteries, Flashlights

Toiletries- towels, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.

First aid kits/supplies

Over the counter medicines (new, seal unbroken)

Soap, Shampoo, Feminine products

Small games/toys/crayons/coloring books for children (stuffed animals)

Pre-paid phone cards

Pens, pencils, paper

Clothing, Shoes, NEW underwear

Waterless hand cleaner

Ziploc bags, Pet food

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