Rome groups emerg­ing to help hur­ri­cane vic­tims

Keller Wil­liams North­west and Rome Cares are look­ing for do­na­tions.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor Ed­i­tor’s note: Lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions are in­vited to email RomeNewsTri­bune@ in­for­ma­tion about their re­lief ef­forts.

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.

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