RomeGaCares’ next stop: Port St. Joe. The donation center has closed and next up is loading the trucks and heading to Florida’s Gulf Coast with relief supplies. The sheriff’s office and its volunteers have partnered with Keller Williams Reality of 200 E. Second Ave. in downtown Rome on this run.
Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Sgt. James Womack joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Tuesday. Burkhalter said Port St. Joe was selected as it is a community in need of help that has not received the coverage that other storm-hit areas have. The 10 to 12 volunteers making the trek there will spend several days distributing donations and helping those with storm damage. The local crew will be housed at the county jail while they’re in town, Burkhalter says.
This update Wednesday morning from the sheriff’s office: “Many have been asking where RomeGaCares next mission is, we final have the details. Our team will leave out at 6:30 a.m. on Friday for Port St Joe and Apalachicola. Sheriff Harrison of Gulf County (Port St Joe), although gracious to host us at the Catholic Church, has no warehouse to house for our supplies. Therefore, we will unload at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff AJ Smith has graciously allowed us to house our items. The team will then head to Port St. Joe to clear debris from homes and cut trees. We will overnight at the church and or at Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. We are excited about this opportunity to serve and promise to represent Rome/Floyd well! #FCSO #Rome #Floyd #Romegacares”
(That church is St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, which sustained damage to adjoining buildings but the sanctuary itself stayed mostly dry. Facebook)
The Rome Braves will collect food and supply donations through the end of the month to assist those effected by Hurricane Michael. All items donated will be given to Feeding Florida, which assists the Panhandle and Tallahassee areas, and Feeding the Valley, which aids Southwest Georgia and Columbus. The team is also asking Braves Country to donate to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief efforts by visiting www.redcross.org/atlantabraves. Here is a list of items being collected: granola bars, peanut butter, tuna, soup, fruit (cups, canned or dried), cereal, grits and oatmeal, rice and pasta, bottled water, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. All locations will start accepting donations now through Oct. 31. The Rome Braves Ticket Office at 755 Braves Blvd. will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A second drop-off location will be at the Sara Hightower Regional Library’s front desk and children’s department at 205 Riverdale Parkway, Rome, from 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Rome has also organized a one-day supply drive on Saturday at the Braves Miracle Field of Rome from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information and other ways to donate, please visit www.braves.com/hurricanerelief.