Rome groups emerging to help hurricane victims
Keller Williams Northwest and Rome Cares are looking for donations.
Several groups in Rome are organizing relief efforts for residents of the greater Houston community that has been hammered by Hurricane Harvey. Rome Cares is being organized through the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office while a local real estate agency, Keller Williams Northwest, is also collecting items to fill a tractor trailer that will go to Texas Thursday.
Matt Harper, a local Keller Williams agent, said the agency has reached out to numerous businesses and is seeking personal contributions to help fill a truck. “From everything we’re gathering the conditions in Houston are a lot worse than what you’re seeing on TV,” Harper said. Two local agents, Craig Bagwell and Joseph Willingham, are leaving for the Houston area in advance of the truckload to make sure they get it to the areas most in need.
Harper said people can bring items to the Keller Williams office at 200 E. Second Ave. during regular business hours. They will accept everything from pet food to snacks and meals ready to eat for children and adults. Personal hygiene items from baby diapers to hand sanitizers, shampoo and soap, are also needed along with tools and hardware including mops, work gloves, extra cell phone chargers, tarps, boots and blankets.
Floyd County Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell said the Rome Cares effort will be based out of an old manufacturing building at North Broad and North Avenue, part of the former Dellinger textile facility, which is now owned by the North Rome Church of God.
Caldwell said the plan is to begin accepting similar contributions at that location at 8 a.m. Friday. He said the facility would also be open Saturday, but closed Sunday. “We plan to re-open it Monday through Saturday for three or four weeks. The people in southeast Texas are going to need help over a long haul,” Caldwell said. “We’ll send trucks as we are able to fill them up.” He said Scott Logistics in Rome has committed to arranging the first two truckloads as soon as the trucks are filled up.