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Tornado relief, donation information

Special to the News

Submitted by the Coosa County Commission

 

Coosa County is very appreciative for the generosity that Elmore County and Autauga County are giving to Coosa County residents affected by the tornado.

All three counties have had tremendous losses, and all counties coming together, working together and helping each other is exactly what neighbors should do.

The Coosa County commissioners have been out working in their districts, and the Commission as a whole toured the county last Saturday along with elected officials, Rep. Ben Robbins and the Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter. The Commission is committed to helping our citizens and will work together with Elmore County and Autauga County.

Coosa EMA Director Sheldon Hutcherson has worked tirelessly around the clock to assess damage and help with tarp distribution. Coosa County is also appreciative for the Sheriff’s Office and all that it has done to assist following the storms. Officials started a damage assessment of Coosa County last Saturday morning.

Donation points of distribution have been established in Elmore County to assist Autauga, Coosa and Elmore counties.

Two Donation Point of Distributions (PODs) have been established in Elmore County to provide aid to those in need because of the tornado and severe weather events of January 3-13 in Autauga, Coosa and Elmore counties.

The Donation PODs opened Tuesday, January 17, and will be in operation for the next several weeks. Operating hours for the PODs will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One POD will be located on the western side of Elmore County near the Autauga County line at New Hope Baptist Church; 6191 Lightwood Road; Deatsville.

Questions related to the Lightwood POD should contact 334-514-5675.

The second POD will be located on the northeast side of  Lake Jordan in Elmore County near the Coosa County line at New Home Baptist Church; 1605 New Home Road; Titus.

Questions related to the Titus POD should contact 334-514-5699.

Citizens with unmet needs will need to bring some form of identification or documentation indicating their affected address is located within Autauga, Coosa or Elmore counties.

A donation drop-off location has also been established in Elmore County to assist all three counties.

Phoenix Wetumpka Industrial Investors have made approximately 200,000 square feet of their warehouse space located at 3145 Elmore Road, Wetumpka, available for donation drop off and storage.

“Although the circumstances are heartbreaking, Phoenix Wetumpka Industrial Investors is honored to partner with Elmore County and its surrounding areas to be a part of the disaster relief efforts already underway,” a representative said. “We share the community’s dismay regarding the unimaginable devastation that has occurred in the Central Alabama region.  Phoenix is proud to be a member of the business community in Elmore County, but we also feel strongly about our role in local social responsibility projects.  Phoenix looks forward to working with both State and County officials to offer all available resources to assist in the rebuilding process.”

The donation drop-off location began receiving donations Monday, January 16, and will be in operation for the next several weeks. Individuals wishing to provide donations should enter the facility at the gates guard house and indicate they are dropping off donations for the tornado victims.

Should a donation be in a large quantity, please call 804-305-6471 to schedule your donation so appropriate volunteer resources are in place to accept the donation.

Operating hours for the donation drop-off location is Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions related to the donation drop-off location should contact 804-305-6471.

Any item donated should be in NEW packaging when possible. We will NOT accept the following:

Shoes

Used clothing

Used beds or bedding

Expired food

Chocolate

Used appliances

Used furniture

 

Items to donate include:

Socks of all sizes

T-shirts of all sizes

Underwear all sizes male and female

Towels and washcloths

Sheets and blankets

Pillows and pillowcases

Hairbrushes and combs

Feminine hygiene items

Bar soap

Shower gel

Lotion

Disposable razors

Shaving cream

Q-tips

Shampoo and conditioner

Baby diapers all sizes

Baby wipes

Lysol spray

Household cleaning supplies

Trash bags all sizes

First aid kits

Batteries all sizes

Work gloves all sizes

Baggies all sizes

Brooms, mops, dustpans

Shovels

Rakes

Washing detergent or pods

Fabric softener sheets

Dish liquid

Dishwasher pods

Over-the-counter meds (not expired): Neosporin, band aids, Tylenol, Advil, aspirin, etc.

Coolers

Paper plates

Styrofoam or plastic disposable cups

Plastic ware (forks, knives, spoons)

Paper towels

Toilet paper

Non-perishable food (not expired):

Crackers (all kinds)

Boxed macaroni and cheese

Peanut butter

Jelly

Dry beans

Rice

Canned vegetables, fruits, and soups

Spaghetti sauce in jar or can

Pasta

Salt and pepper

Sugar

Coffee

Dry creamer

Tea bags

Cookies (no chocolate)

Pop tarts

Granola bars

Gatorade all flavors

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