Gordon County and Calhoun residents wanting to lend a hand may donate or volunteer time to these places. This list is subject to change and/or grow.
- Lots of very nice new and gently used clothing have been donated for those affected by the tornado that struck our community. They will be distributed this Saturday (2/2) beginning at 10 am from the basement of Sonoraville Baptist Church. Organizers are still accepting boys clothing (all sizes). For more information on donating or to arrange delivery of clothing, please call 770-773-0779 or 770-547-5841.
SAMHSA offers a toll free Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 and a text with TALKWITHUS at 66746.Family, friends, first responders, rescue and recovery workers are at risk for experiencing distressing reactions to natural disasters. SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline can provide immediate assistance to anyone! Available 24/7 from anywhere in the US. The FREE helpline offers confidential, multilingual counseling by trained professionals as well as referrals and other support services.
- Greater Community Bank of Calhoun has partnered with the American Red Cross to assist in disaster recovery efforts in areas of Bartow and Gordon Counties affected by the storms that swept through Northwest Georgia on Wednesday, January 30th. Through the American Red Cross Customer Donation Program, Greater Community Bank will serve as a collection point for monetary donations. The collection will begin on February 1, 2013 and run until April 1, 2013. Greater Community Bank will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the campaign to American Red Cross Disaster Recovery. Anyone wishing to contribute funds to the American Red Cross may visit Greater Community Bank at 305 West Belmont Drive SW. For more information on hours of operations or making a donation, please visit GreaterCommunityBank.net or call 706-629-1700.
- www.gordoncounty.org/tornado is the official website where people can go to find volunteer opportunities and complete forms to be added to the list for notification for specific needs. This website will also have updates for donation drop off locations. The current drop off locations for donations are: Calhoun City Fire Department Station 2 (Richardson Road) and Gordon County Fire Department Station 1 (Belwood Dr.)
- Crane Eater Church on Red Bud Rd. is accepting donations of bottled water, food, diapers, towels, and any other item for tornado victims. The church will be a donation collection site as well as a pick up point for those in need from the tornado.
- The animal rescue league of is accepting donations for families with pets affected by the tornado. Donations include dog food, cat food, cat litter and pans, scoops, treats and bowls. Donations can be made to Belmont Baptist Church and Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. If anyone needs temporary shelter for pets as a result of storm damage the rescue group is willing to provide refuge no longer than four weeks. For support needed form the Animal Rescue League of NW Georgia contact Judy at 678-848-1889 or email the league at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the following resources are available for trying to coordinate efforts to locate pets that are missing, lost or displaced due to the tornado:
Friends of Gordon County Animal Shelter
Helping Animals in Gordon County (HAG)
Calhoun Lost & Found
Animal Rescue League of Northwest Georgia
The Gordon County Sheriff's Office will provide security patrols in the affected areas. Anyone needing temporary housing assistance, please call 706-879-2850.
Gordon County Building Inspection Department is issuing temporary contractors permits to qualified building contractors. Please be wary of any contractor without these County issued permits during this state of emergency.
For more information, please call 706-879-2850.
To add to this list, contact Abbey Lennon via email at email@example.com or 706-629-2231.