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Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Most of you are already getting barraged with emails of opportunity to help...but here are some more anyway! First, some info funneled up from a few of our members:
================ My gym is located in the Adamsville Recreation Center in Atlanta. The American Red Cross asked Mayor Shirley Franklin to open the center as a designated shelter for those women, men and children who evacuated from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
While visiting the gym this morning, I had the opportunity to speak with Mayor Franklin and she shared with me some of the need of the people in the shelter. She indicated that she wants to provide more than just shelter, but assist with getting the more than 60 children in school, so she has people from the Atlanta School System on site and the Mayor also wants to assist with locating employment for the adults. There are about 300 people in the shelter this morning.
The mayor has deployed her staff, staff from the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and numerous other city support service agencies to the center to assist the evacuates.
Mayor Franklin mentioned that people can assist by donating the following items: *Underwear *Socks for women, men and children *Packages of Diapers *Work clothes for women , men and children *Shoes for women, men and children *Clothes for children *Packages of Water *Packages of Juice *Packages of Toiletries
The Adamsville Recreation Center is located at 3201 Martin Luther King Drive SW at 285. The telephone number at the Adamsville Recreation Center is 404 505 3181
You can also call the Red Cross Volunteer Hotline at 404 870 4425, American Red Cross Disaster Call Center 404 870 4440, Salvation 770 441 6200, ext 148 Atlanta Workforce Development Agency 404 658 6312, Ms. Deborah Lum Let me know if you have questions. Mary Long
YDG Pres Billy Joyner is helping out over in Chamblee, and they want
Baby Food Clorox wipes Wash cloths Towels Bedding supplies - NEW pillows, CLEAN blankets, etc. Paper towels Calling cards Socks Underware Diapers Wet wipes Juice boxes Ready to drink baby formula Feminine hygiene products Batteries (AA, AAA)
Bring to- Chamblee United Methodist Church 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Atlanta, Ga. 30341 (just inside the parameter on Chamblee Dunwoody road)
Beyond supplies, we'll call you when we know exactly what our needs are and when you can help. Thanks so much! -b
Billy Joyner President Young Democrats of Georgia 404.314.7472
Jara Butler's coordinating help for one family in particular:
info: a family of 20 plus including ten kids need help. They are staying @ studio6 in roswell. If you can help..call me at 678-570-4254. jara
Atlanta Democrats coordinator Linda Edmonds sent this along:
Our Atlanta Red Cross Headquarters is overwhelmed - emails are pouring in, phones ringing, info to be copied, etc., as they try to process the hundreds of Katrina evacuees who have come to the Atlanta area and are applying for emergency cash for fuel, transportation, meals, over-the-counter medications, etc. They are working around the clock, and desperately need volunteer "family caseworkers" who act as the bridge between the evacuees and emergency funds. The caseworker processes each claim, takes notes and assesses how much each family needs to survive temporarily.
The Atlanta Red Cross is holding a four-hour training class each day, trying to produce an army of caseworkers. It teaches techniques necessary to deal with the displaced families, who may still be in shock.
If you can't do that, maybe you can simply help a few hours with the hundreds of phone messages flooding our beleagured Red Cross. To find out more about what you can do to help, call 404-870-4440 or go to http://www.atlantaredcross.org.