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      New local Donation Center reaches out to tornado victims

      The Wood County Tornado Recovery Center will open to the community on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. The new center is located at the Great Eastern Plaza in the old Value City building on Woodville Road. Any donations of appliances, furniture, linens, and household items can be dropped off with an appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5p.m.

      With most of the debris cleaned-up, communities are beginning to direct their attention towards long term recovery.

      Recovery Center Manager, Bill Rudolph says that it TMs difficult to restart a household. How do you buy---a couch, washer and dryer, even towels and sheets? For many families affected by the tornado, this just isn TMt financially possible. And that TMs where the community can help.

      The MainStreet Church, led by Pastor Tom Caldwell, began collecting donations several weeks ago. Thanks to many volunteers, the church was able to donate two truckloads of furniture and household items to the center! However, Rudolph says unfortunately more donations are needed. Furniture can be gently used but should be clean and in good repair. Appliances need to be in working condition. Just look around your house and see what you would need if you lost everything---that TMs what your neighbors will need.

      The Long Term Recovery Council, chaired by Mike George of the United Way, will be distributing the items to the designated families. Rudolph assures the contributions will go to the affected families. Nothing will be sold or given to anyone who was not affected by the recent tornado.

      Donation management at the Recovery Center is a ministry of Adventist Community Services Disaster Response which is in cooperation with local volunteers and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), a statewide network of volunteer organizations who respond to communities experiencing devastating natural disasters.

      To drop off any items for the Tornado Recovery, please call 419.724.4994.

      -Ashley Karsten