Aug. 28—As Tennesseans watch their neighbors struggle from the devastating floods that have killed 21 and left more without adequate shelter, members of the greater
The contributions and donations made will support those affected as they begin the long road to recovery from the calamitous storms.
"This is a fellow community in
Stillwell said her business associate
"We are an incredibly fortunate group of people," Stillwell said. "Part of that is having friends and support around when you need a lot of hands. That is what we are supposed to do. Next time, it could be us. It could be anybody. We hope to take a full van load on Sunday."
As the recovery effort continues, insurance professionals state the majority of homeowners in the region do not have flood insurance, and renters could find themselves uninsured for the damages caused by the rising waters.
Members of the public are also encouraged to drop off supplies.
Gift cards to major retailers like Walmart, Amazon and
The community has collected more than
"All of us who are not affected cannot imagine walking back to our homes and seeing everything gone," said
"We have an amazing community of people, who want to give back and contribute." McCarl said. "This is the beginning of an ongoing effort for us. We are collecting the immediate needs right now, and gift cards especially will help them get back on their feet.
A collection center has been established at the front porch of
Donations are being collected at the center Monday through Friday from
"When we see another community like ours hurting, it is personal," McCarl said. "We want to do everything we can to help."
On Friday and Saturday, the
The store's owners plan to fill their large box truck usually used to make store deliveries with the donated supplies.
The antique mall is collecting the following items:
— Garbage/Contractor Bags
— Work Gloves
— Pet Food/Collars/Leashes
— Toilet Paper
— Paper Towels
— Soap/Shampoo/Body Wash
— Socks: all sizes
— Paper plates/Plastic Utensils
The drop off spot for donated items is at the marketplace,
Donations can still be made
The public is encouraged to bring diapers, wipes and pull-ups to the ice cream parlor's locations in
Those who offer a donation will receive 15% off their order.
The funds collected by the nondenominational church with roots in the
"We want to help those families that have lost loved ones," said
With many groups working to collect supplies, Adcox said the church wanted to find another way to support those affect by the flood waters.
"I am always amazed how here in
Those seeking to contribute to the effort can make a contribution to @MauryHills on the fund sharing service Venmo.
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