Belleville

August 23, 2014

Donation drive continues for police, emergency workers in Ferguson

For those in the metro-east still interested in donating items to police and military workers in Ferguson, Mo., some collection drives will continue until the end of the month or when there is no longer a need for supplies.

Emergency personnel remain at the scene of riots and protests two weeks after the fatal police shooting of teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Suggested donations include bottled water, energy and sports drinks and individually packaged snacks like beef jerky, granola, sunflower seeds, trail mix and small bags of chips. Due to safety concerns, all snacks must be individually packaged in the store wrappers.

Other requested items include anti-bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues and gift cards to Subway or Schnucks -- two businesses near the police command post.

* The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department will collect and deliver items to Ferguson, Mo., until Aug. 30, according to Capt. Scott Weymouth.

Any additional items that police do not need will be donated to a charity or food pantry, Weymouth said.

* The West Belleville Promotional Committee, in conjunction with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 226, is collecting items until 2 p.m. Sunday at Crehan's Irish Pub, 5500 North Belt West in Belleville. The business is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

* The Fairview Heights Police Department, 10027 Bunkum Road, and the Fairview Fire Department, 214 Ashland Ave., will accept items until noon on Sunday.

* The Collinsville Police Department, 200 W. Clay St., will accept items until 5 p.m. Friday.

* On Thursday, St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies and police from the O'Fallon, Shiloh and Belleville Police Departments delivered about seven trucks and a trailer worth of items, including $1,500 in gift certificates.

* The education committee of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce donated 160 backpacks full of school supplies to the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

Belleville School District 118 Superintendent Matt Klosterman said he and a district employee delivered the backpacks on Thursday to school officials, who were appreciative of the donation.

Students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District are expected to start school Monday. The start of the year was delayed due to the unrest.

Reporter Jamie Forysthe contributed information to this article. Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 618-239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BNDJLee.

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