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By Hancock County EOC - GCN - Filed 10/5/05


Bob and Phyllis Briney’s move to Perkinston proved today to be a boon for Hancock County’s hurricane relief efforts when they delivered a check for $117,172 to the American Red Cross for use in Hancock County.


“This donation is worth much more than its face value because it comes from people’s hearts,” said Hancock County Chancery Clerk Tim Keller. “Hancock County will put it to good use.”


The Brineys, who moved to Hancock County from Logansport, Indiana in 2004 just in time for Hurricane Ivan, fled Katrina and returned to Indiana for two weeks at the urging of their son Tom. While there, they made contact with friends at Radio Station WSAL in Logansport, which had already begun a fund raising effort for Katrina relief.


When the radio station manager learned that the Brineys had moved to Hancock County, and that it is the same size as Cass County, home of Logansport, he decided to earmark the funds for Hancock County.


The fund raising effort included collection points at churches, fire stations, restaurants, and other businesses, and a very special effort by seven-year-old Haley Burkett, who donated the $1,600 she earned single-handedly at her lemonade stand.


Though the check has already been presented to the Red Cross, fund raising efforts in Cass County continue, so Hancock County can expect even more from this “sister” county in Indiana.


The Brineys moved to Hancock County to be near the three of their eight children who are retired here. Their house in Perkinston has broken windows, damage to the deck, and the front steps are gone.


Other Indiana participants in the fund raising efforts are radio stations MIX 102 and Hoosier Country 103, and Linsco Private Ledger Financial Services.

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