Volunteers still needed for donation distribution centers

Christian Appalachian Project assisting families in communities impacted by tornadoes

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) will be managing a primary donation distribution center in Bowling Green to assist families impacted by tornadoes in Western Kentucky.

Nearly 12,000 households have registered for FEMA assistance in Kentucky, with more than 2,500 families needing help in Bowling Green. Regular hours for the center will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

CAP’s Operation Sharing Program is assisting with transporting donated items to areas in need, including an additional distribution center.

“There has been a large outpouring of donations to help families in the region. Volunteers are working to organize and distribute essentials as quickly as possible to address a variety of needs in the community,” said Robyn Renner, director of CAP’s Disaster Relief Program. “We will continue to ensure families receive the assistance they need.”

Donations from across the state and the nation have overwhelmed many local emergency management officials, who are also overseeing housing and cleanup for impacted families, as well as providing essentials like food and clothing.

Renner, who has experience coordinating volunteers and managing home repair, has a team from CAP in Bowling Green to coordinate volunteers who are critical to staffing the donation centers every day.

Volunteers at the donation center will help off-load trucks, transport donations to other distribution sites, organize the donations center, register people who lost their homes, and help residents choose what they need from donated items. Renner and her team will help assess additional home repair needs in the weeks to come.

“I’ve gotten so much from my community. I feel like I am doing what God asked to pay it forward,” said Johnalma Barnett, a retired logistics manager with Western Kentucky University and volunteer at the donations center. “If you didn’t have any damage at all, then you’re blessed. It’s a chance to bless someone else. We just need to help each other.”

CAP will manage the staffing of the donation center in Bowling Green through January. Roughly 15 volunteers will be needed to staff each center each week. Cots, meals, and showers will be provided during the service week, but volunteers should bring their own bedding and toiletries.

School supplies are in high demand as children begin to return to school. Other needed items include: shelf-stable milk, towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors, ethnic haircare products and accessories, cleaning spray, laundry detergent, stain remover, Dawn dish soap, 13-gallon trash bags.

To volunteer, click link: TornadoVolunteers

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