RomeGaCares volunteers are mobilizing this week and will begin gathering supplies soon. Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and the board from RomeGaCares met Friday and are now assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian along the East Coast.
“We are scouting locations to determin where we will be the most assitance to those impacted. We typically go to outlying areas where the least amount of help goes. We work with local Sheriffs, churches and local Emergency Management Agencies to assess areas…they know better than anyone who needs help the most,” says Burkhalter.
North Rome Church of God has agreed to open their facility at 1929 North Broad Street again as the primary drop-off spot for donations, but there will be a few remote locations as well including the East Rome Walmart at 825 Cartersville Highway.
“Walmart has agreed to partner with us and will start collecting donations next weekend. Folks can buy cases of water or cleaning supplies and donate them to the tent we will have set up at Walmart. We willl then carry all those supplies back to the warehouse for distribution,” says Burkhalter.
RomeGaCares will immediately begin taking monetary donations if you would like to donate money to purchase needed supplies. Burkhalter says monetary donations can be dropped off to the Floyd County Jail (to the records lobby), or you can call Chaplain David Thornton (706-506-6120) or Sergeant James Womack (706-591-6504) to arrange for someone to pick up your donation. You can also donate via PayPal from their website by the end of the week.
“We are getting all our gear together and lining up trucks to transport donations. We need volunteers. There is a link from our website where you can sign up to volunteer. We will have more information later this week as we open up the donations center,” he says.
Click here to sign up to volunteer. More details will be announced later this week on list of needed supplies and hours of operation of the donation center. Check out the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for updates.
This will be the third mobilization for the RomeGaCares organization. They helped with Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas and last year, helped with Hurricane Michael recovery in Port St. Joe, Florida and in North Carolina with Hurricane Florence relief efforts.