RomeGaCares: Volunteers needed Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to finish packing supply buckets. Final relief kits and water will be loaded for shipment Monday to North Carolina.

RomeGaCares: Volunteers needed Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to finish packing supply buckets. Final relief kits and water will be loaded for shipment Monday to North Carolina.


Volunteers unload buckets with supplies late Friday afternoon.


From RomeGaCares:

Volunteers are needed to help stuff remaining 500 supply buckets on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The supply truck was delayed on Friday and will not arrive to Rome until 7 a.m. Saturday, so help is needed to finish preparing the buckets to be shipped out on Monday. Volunteers are needed at the warehouse behind North Rome Church of Good, 1929 N. Broad St.

Volunteers of the week go to the Georgia Highlands College Lady Charger’s Basketball team. Back for the third time at RomeGaCares, we absolutely could not have done it without them. Thank you!

Special thanks also goes out to Rome City Schools – Rome, GA. Not only did they decorate buckets but they filled them too. Shout out to West End Elementary School! They filled the most buckets- 43- and had a ton of other donated items. Way to go WEES!

Two local private schools, Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Rome GA and UNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, also got involved in a big way. Thank you for personalizing nearly 200 buckets. Your buckets will definitely brighten someone’s day! The messages are inspiring.

We must also thank the City of Rome, GA Government and Floyd County Government for their donations of bucket stuffings and monetary donations. By far, the Barbara Penson, Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court had the greatest contribution to RomeGaCares disaster relief efforts. Go clerks!

We must also thank Chattooga County GA Sheriff’s Office , Sheriff Schrader, and the citizens of Chattooga County, GA for participating in RomeGaCares. They delivered an 18-foot trailer load full of water, hygiene products, diapers, disaster relief kit items and so much more. Chattooga, we are so thankful!

Last but absolutely not least! Without JWH Transport, Inc., The HON Company and Ruan Transportation NONE of this would be possible. Thank you for donating trucks, trailers and drivers. We are forever grateful!

In close, we will be packing and loading our final truck tomorrow (Saturday). Our team will leave out from Rome early Monday morning and head out to help our friends in Columbus County, North Carolina. You made it possible for us to bring them much needed supplies in the wake of Hurricane Florence, a little relief and a whole lot of love. We at the sheriff’s office tip our hats to you- Rome/Floyd you’ve outdone yourselves!

Donations will be accepted behind North Rome Church of God at 1929 N. Broad St. (off Woodward Street). The items we need can be found at the link or see below.

Caravan to leave Monday: All the donated goods will be en route to Whitesville, N.C., between 6 and 7 a.m. Monday. Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Sgt. Carrie Edge joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM Thursday morning. Burkhalter said the RomeGaCares team talked with sheriffs and others in the flood-stricken area and picked Whitesville/Columbia County as the destination to receive local donations. Off-duty Floyd sheriff’s deputies and donated trucks/truckers will be on the ground in that area for several days, helping distribute relief kits.

Darlington students of all ages lend a hand for hurricane relief in the Carolinas.


RomeGaCares needs your help filling disaster relief kits. The items for the kit include:

• Liquid laundry detergent- 50 or 25 ounces only
• 12-16 oz. Liquid household cleaner- concentrated
• 16-28 oz. Dish soap
• Clothespins
• Cotton or plastic clotheslines
• Sponges (no cellulose)
• 33-45 gallon heavy-duty trash bags
• Cleaning wipes (Handi-wipes or reusable)
• Can air freshener
• 6-14 oz. Insect-repellant spray
• Kitchen dishwashing gloves
• Scouring pads (no stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads; none with soap built in)
• Plastic or wooden handle scrub brush
• Dust masks


RomeGaCares is accepting donations for Disaster Relief Kits  through  Wednesday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. behind North Rome Church of Good at 1929 N. Broad St. (off Woodward Street) If you would like to support hurricane victims, you can help RomeGaCares in the following ways:

  • Crews are ready for donors off Woodward Street in North Rome. Hometown photo.

    Volunteer: Volunteers will be needed to accept and assemble donations and load trailers. These efforts must be coordinated through our represntative by emailing Please send us the number of volunteers and the dates and times of their availability. The coordinator will then get back with you to confirm when you are needed. We want to make the best use of everyone’s time.

  • Donate: Below is a list of the specific items we will accept. We will not accept any donations of clothing, shoes, furniture. We prefer to accept only those items that are needed most, so please use the list as your guide. A monetary gift may also be contributed by visiting our website at: Other methods for contributing monetarily are listed on the the website as well.
  • Individuals and groups wishing to provide a disaster relief kit to those in need may do so by:
     Donating $65 to RomeGaCares. Donations can be made online through the RomeGaCares page at
     Mailing a check or money order made out to RomeGaCares mailed to: Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, c/o RomeGaCares, 3 Government Plaza, Rome, GA 30161
    Prepare a kit on your own with the items listed below or bring the items and we will prepare the kit. The items may be dropped off at 1929 N. Broad St., Rome, Ga. 30161. Please contact us at or 706-470-439-8277 if you have questions.
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