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2-6-13 ACS DR Responds to Adairsville, Ga. Tornado Relief Needs
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Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist church members volunteer in the midst of their own disaster needs
 
 
Responding immediately to the tornado that hit Adairsville, Ga. last week, the Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief (ACS DR) is working diligently to set up their donations warehouse at the Adairsville Big Lots store. "The store is large enough for this operation, probably 25 or 30,000 square feet," said Georgia-Cumberland ACS DR Coordinator Terry Haight in an email January 30. "It was busy, with cars and trucks arriving constantly with donations, and around 30 volunteers going through the donations, trying valiantly to sort into categories. There were no tables, people were sorting on the floor. We got a pretty good idea of what we need to take with us, and we rented a truck and will load it in the morning, hoping to get it unloaded and our gear set up so that we can open for business by Tuesday afternoon, at the latest."

One very popular piece of equipment furnished by ACS DR is their shower trailer.

ACS DR enjoys a great reputation in Ga., where they have had more than their share of tornadoes in the last few years. A comment on the Adairsville Georgia Tornado Info Facebook page responding to the news about the ACS DR warehouse operations said, “I am thrilled to see this happen. There isn't another disaster org in this nation that does warehousing as well as the Adventists!
 
 
Calhoun Adventist Church members organizing donations and supplies for tornado victims [Photo by Dennis Starkey]
 
 
According to reports so far, several families of the Calhoun, Ga. Adventist Church were affected, with three whose homes were completely destroyed.

Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church Pastor Gary Rustad was visiting victims all through the night and all day the next day following the tornado. Church members volunteered their time and efforts donating and distributing supplies and helping with clean-up on Sabbath and Sunday.
 
 
  Calhoun Adventist Church members packing water and other supplies for tornado victims [Photo by Dennis Starkey]

The Samaritan Center and the Chattanooga Food Bank delivered food and supplies to the church. After the Sabbath potluck members helped to pack bags with drink and snacks to take out to the volunteers helping homeowners. They also distributed flashlights, boxes, and paper products as needed. They were advised to bring changes of clothes and gloves in case there were homeowners who needed assistance removing things from their homes when they met them.  
 
Again at 8 a.m. Sunday morning they met to go out and assist with cleanup, bringing their chainsaws, gloves, rakes, shovels, and anything else they could think of that might be needed.
 
Next week they will team up with Georgia-Cumberland Academy to help organize students and adults who will be going to homes to help clean up yards, and more.

     Donations are always needed by ACS DR. To donate, go to http://vad.aidmatrix.org/vadxml.cfm?driveid=2091.



 
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