GREENEVILLE, TN – A single phone call from a concerned Greene County woman has sparked a widespread campaign to ship supplies to the Hurricane Katrina victims.
Connie Roderick contacted the Community Services Center of the local Seventh-day Adventist Church Sept. 29, the day the hurricane hit, asking how she could help. Philip Malina, an elder at the church, got on the phone and started asking questions. “By Friday, we were working with Food City and had a tractor-trailer loaded with 312 boxes of clothes, and 20 cases of food and water,” Malina said.
That truck also went to King Pharmaceuticals and the Bristol Motor Speedway to pick up donations, before heading to the Cody Road Adventist Community Services Center in Mobile, Ala. “We sent a total of 45,000 pounds of supplies that arrived Saturday morning,” Malina said.
Since then, two additional trucks went to hard-hit Lumberton, Miss., providing another 90,000 pounds of much-needed supplies. “Another tractor-trailer arrived yesterday in Jackson, Miss.,” Malina said.
By Friday morning, another three tractor-trailers will arrive in Jackson, in a major FEMA/Adventist-operated disaster response center, he said. “That will bring the total tractor-trailers we sent to Mobile, Lumberton and Jackson to seven. By Friday morning, 315,000 pounds will have been supplied by us locally, in conjuction with many others in our community and Food City.”
Due to the influx of Hurricane Katrina victims to this area, the church’s mission will now focus on local efforts, Malina said.
Donations of canned goods, diapers of all sizes, and feminine hygiene products may be taken to the Adventist Community Services Center, located at 120 Idletime Drive, behind the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the Asheville Highway. Donations are being accepted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Monetary donations also are being accepted. Please make the check out to the Greeneville Adventist Community Services Center, attention: Hurricane Katrina Relief. “One hundred percent goes to the hurricane relief effort,” Malina said.
In addition, the church is sending more than 25 volunteers to Mobile and Jackson to assist in relief efforts. “If anyone wants to go help, please call us,” Malina said. “We could use some more healthy adults to help distribute these much-needed items.”
Some residents are even offering their homes to the hurricane victims, he said. “Call us if you’re interested in hosting a family,” Malina said.
For more information, please call 639-7127 or 638-5014.