Jeffersonville warehouse having hard time giving away storm donations

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 22 at 3:42 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, In. (WHAS11) -- Volunteers sort and pack tons of donations that come in from food to facial tissues. The warehouse off of Charlestown Road seems like a sophisticated shipping operation, complete with categorized sections of what has been generously given to the Adventist Disaster Response Team. But not that many are taking advantage of what's available.

The warehouse is a central collaboration point for smaller organizations like churches, who can order and pick up free items for the communities they serve.

For awhile, volunteers believe storm victims were too overwhelmed to know the resource existed. So they used donated trucks to drop off materials to Marysville. The word spread, so they also started sending supplies to Henrvyille.

Some victims of the tragedy remain selfishly selfless. Volunteers say they are so concerned their neighbors need things like water and diapers they won't take them themselves.

So the volunteers are trying increase awareness about the materials that for now, aren't being used. On March 2, following the storms, they wanted a full warehouse. Now they want an empty one.

Organizations can place an order with the warehouse by contacting them. Individuals or families can not order directly from them and must go through an organization.

If you would like to donate, the most needed items are new clothing and construction tools. You can call 812-704-8193 for more information. The warehouse also requests large trashcans, can openers, mailboxes, wheel barrows, crowbars, gift cards, coffee, sugar, sports drinks, fans, roofing supplies, high school level calculators and backpacks.

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