BY SARAH STEPHENS
We would like to say a BIG thank you to the members of the Stanhope Elmore High School’s Junior Civitans for helping out our Hurricane Relief Donation Drive.
The EAN and several volunteers will load up all of the donations and head down to Dauphin Island Sunday, one of the hardest hit areas in the state.
If you are interested in making a donation, we will be accepting items from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Elmore/Autauga News Office. We are located in the AirNow Parking lot in Milbrook on Main Street across from the Millbrook Presbyterian Church.
We are meeting with residents from the island to transfer all donations, as well as helping a family with five children who are now homeless and living in a church on the island.
All residents impacted by the storm are having a difficult time finding ice, gasoline and basic necessities. Water has been restored on the island, but it is not determined when electricity will be available.
What can you donate:
Non-perishable food and snacks; generic gift cards such as Visa (Many grocery stores and other stores were damaged, so specific cards may not work); water/sports drinks; personal hygiene products; styrofoam coolers we can fill with bags ice on the way down; cleaning supplies such as mops, cleaning products, garden rakes; large, strong garbage bags; plastic plates, cups, utensils; first-aid kits; battery packs to recharge cell phones; work gloves; charcoal (many are only able to cook on grills); charcoal lighter fluid; cards or letters of support; Double AA batteries/any type of batteries; wet wipes. These are just suggestions. Imagine having to camp out with no electricity for an undetermined amount of time, and you may have some great ideas as well.
The only items we are NOT ACCEPTING is clothing and shoes. Those impacted by the storm do not have access to safe storage at this time. Gift cards would better suit their needs to purchase exactly what they desperately need.
Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help.
Also, remember the American Legion Post 133 of Millbrook is also accepting donations at the Post building on Main Street. They will be delivering a load this Sunday to areas around Mobile.