Etowah County Recovery Update

As the initial disaster response in Etowah County turns now to long-term recovery, donations and volunteers are still needed throughout the Smith Institute community and the surrounding area. With more than 120 homes and their families affected by last week’s tornado, long-term recovery support is going to be necessary for quite a while to come. The United Way of Etowah County has activated its Long Term Recovery team and officials say that support from other communities is needed now – and in the future - as much as in the initial phases of the response and that there are many needs still to address. If you would like to make a cash donation, you may do so with your favorite disaster assistance charity or directly through the United Way of Etowah County, The Red Cross or The Salvation Army. Monetary donations should be designated for the Etowah County tornado. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletries, batteries, gloves, trash bags and other items can be made at any of several designated drop-off locations: Farmtown on Sardis Road in Sardis – United Way on South 4th Street in Gadsden – Crosspoint Community Church in Gadsden – ERA King Realty in Rainbow City – or Regency Point in Rainbow City. Please remember that No Clothing Will Be Accepted. The volunteer registration center that had been located at Bethlehem Baptist Church is now closed. Those who wish to volunteer – or who still need volunteers – can now call the volunteer assistance line at 256.547.4357.

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