Volunteer relief efforts expand today
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Feb 02, 2013 | 3293 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville Church of Christ on Summer Street suffered damage from Wednesday’s tornado. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Adairsville Church of Christ on Summer Street suffered damage from Wednesday’s tornado. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Adairsville is now allowing more community volunteers to assist in the relief effort.

For example, the Bartow Christian Disaster Response Team is orchestrating an effort, asking volunteers to meet at 8 a.m. at Adairsville Church of God located at 297 Old Dixie Highway N.W. in Adairsville.

Assignments and credentials will be done with the focus on cleanup. They are asking for volunteers who have, and are prepared to use, items such as chainsaws, trucks and gloves.

“We will be clearing debris and removing trees. This means we will have chainsaw work,” Bartow Baptist Association Associational Minister David Franklin said in a press release. “If you have equipment or a good strong back to help remove debris, you are needed. Bring good gloves, write your name on the equipment you bring with a phone number. Wear warm clothing as it will be chilly ... Everyone will get their assignments at the meeting.”

The United Way of Bartow County is continuing to prioritize cash donations, but are taking supply donations. Supply donations such as bottled water, flashlights, batteries, diapers and blankets may be made at drop-off sites at The Daily Tribune News, 251 S. Tennessee St., Cartersville, and WBHF Community Radio, 7 N. Wall St., Cartersville.

United Way Representative Brenda Moorehouse said the United Way also looking for donations of non-perishable food, soap, diapers and detergent to help those who have been without power since the storm. She added the United Way has begun working with Living Way Foursquare Church to deliver supplies directly to victims in their homes.

The Red Cross has established an emergency shelter at the Manning Mill Youth Facility at 163-B Manning Mill Road in Adairsville. According to a Red Cross press release, the shelters have provided cots, blankets, food health services and other items. The Salvation Army has partnered with the Red Cross to provide food and water at the shelter.

Jeffrey Putnam, executive director for American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia, said the organization is referring volunteers to NorthPointe Church and Adairsville Church of God for volunteer opportunities. The addresses and phone numbers for the churches are 30 Orchard Road, Adairsville, 770-387-8135, and 297 Old Dixie Highway N.W., Adairsville, 770-773-3264.

For those seeking additional information about donation or volunteer needs on a constant basis, Do Your Part, an Atlanta-based disaster response organization, has created the Facebook page Adairsville Georgia Tornado Info, which aggregates volunteer and donation requests, donation locations and other information.

According to Georgia Power Spokesperson Carol Boatwright, service was restored to all those affected by Wednesday’s severe weather by Thursday afternoon. About 1,500 customers in northwest Georgia lost power following the tornadoes that touched down in Bartow and Gordon counties to which 400 responders were dispatched by Georgia Power, including about 200 contractors and 200 Georgia Power employees.

The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has reported a dusk-to-dawn curfew will remain in effect all weekend for storm-stricken areas. For shelter information, call Manning Mill gym at 770-387-5151 or 770-387-5089.