Thursday, October 6, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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From arts to pets, aid ready for Gulf survivors

Here's a look at some of the things being done on the Eastside as part of the ongoing relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

• Kirkland's Fire Department and its firefighters union have adopted Mississippi's City of Pass Christian Fire Department to help department members and their families recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Kirkland is donating supplies, including breathing equipment, a command van, defibrillator units and medical goods.

The storm killed one firefighter from the department along the Mississippi Coast, left 16 others homeless, destroyed the fire station and ruined fire tools and apparatus.

The nonprofit Kirkland Firefighters Benevolent Association will donate money directly to the families of Pass Christian firefighters, and is accepting donations at all Kirkland fire stations. Checks can be made out to KFFBA (Kirkland Firefighters Benevolent Association) through October.

• Dooley's Dog House in Kirkland is hosting an art show to benefit animals left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. The Artists for Animals show runs through Oct. 18. An artists reception will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and include "yappetizers" for visiting pets. Forty percent of art sales will be donated to Pasado's Safe Haven, a Northwest rescue group that is caring for animals displaced by the storm. Dooley's Dog House is at 120 Central Way.

• The Herbfarm in Woodinville will credit $50 on each customer's bill if the customer donates $100 while dining at the restaurant. The campaign to help Hurricane Katrina's survivors grew out of a dinner last month at which the restaurant raised $15,000.

• A benefit featuring the Cajun music of Grammy winners BeauSoleil will start at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Kirkland Performance Center. For information, call the center at 425-893-9900.

• Parklane Gallery in Kirkland will donate a portion of its sales to pets made homeless by the hurricane.

• Quilters working with Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop in Woodinville are making and sending quilts for hurricane victims.

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• Gale Newell of Bothell, a stamp-company demonstrator, has been helping USArtQuest collect 36,000 embossed cards to deliver to hurricane survivors.

At a recent stamping party in her home, 34 people created 204 cards. The cards will be sent to shelters in packets so refugees from the hurricane can use the handcrafted greetings as needed for friends and family.

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