Middle Georgia donations sought for Hurricane Sandy relief

Telegraph staffNovember 26, 2012 

During Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Phyllis Farmer saw first-hand how Middle Georgians sprang to action.

Through Gray Methodist Church, Farmer helped collect three tractor-trailer loads of donations delivered to Mississippi and Alabama.

What took days to collect was gone in about six hours.

“That’s how great the demand was,” Farmer said.

Realizing the current suffering of residents of coastal New Jersey and the New York metropolitan region, Farmer is organizing another relief effort through her website, www.helpfromtheheartofgeorgia.com.

She is soliciting gloves for work and warmth, socks, diapers, new undergarments for adults and children, blankets, shovels, rakes, cleaning supplies, trash bags, bottled water, non-perishable food and paper products.

Given the timing of the holidays, Farmer said the collection efforts are off to a slow start. However, once the debris is removed from the damaged areas, Farmer thinks demand for relief items will be as great or even greater than it is now.

“The density of the population there is so intense that the need is just unbelievable,” she said.

Farmer is hoping local churches and school clubs will take up her cause for their Christmas projects. She said she realizes the demands of the holidays might take away some potential volunteers.

“It’s tougher,” she said. “People are stretched out already. There’s only (a few) weeks ‘til Christmas. We may send the truck up in early January. The need will be no less.”

Because many residents in the Northeast are still living in shelters or temporary housing, she will not be collecting any additional clothing items.

Choice Transportation of Middle Georgia has donated a trailer that is parked at 152 Spring St. in downtown Macon. The company also is accepting donations during regular business hours at its office on Ga. 57 in McIntyre.

Graphic Resources, at the rear of the building on the block between Riverside Drive and Walnut Street in Macon, will be collecting donations weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Farmer currently is soliciting volunteers through the website to man the truck and accept donations on Saturdays.

Once the truck is full, a Choice Transportation driver will drive it to Edison, N.J.

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