Tornado Relief Warehouse needs donations

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KOKOMO – The Tornado Relief Warehouse is accepting donations.

The Kokomo Rescue Mission is in charge of the operations at the warehouse. It is located at 500 E Wheeler. People can drop off donations M-F between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The temporary site is also open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Kokomo Rescue Mission needs canned food, household items, diapers, shampoo, deodorant and many other items to help victims. They do not need clothes, electronics or bottled water.

The Tornado Relief Warehouse will also be the site where tornado victims can go if they need items. According to the Kokomo Rescue Mission website, victims will need to be referred to them, before they can receive assistance.

For a complete list of the donations they need, people can visit the Kokomo Rescue Mission’s website: http://www.kokomorescuemission.org/.

The warehouse opened Tuesday and people have been dropping off donations around the clock.

Sandy McFarland with the Kokomo Rescue Mission said she feels proud to work for the organization and help.

“(We’re here) to help the community and show them the heart of Christ and just to get that out there and know that we’re here for them,” McFarland said.

The Kokomo Rescue Mission is one of many organizations working together to help tornado survivors. On Sunday, hundreds of homes were damaged after two tornadoes hit. About 50 homes were destroyed.

Since then, the United Way of Howard County has received a large number of phone calls from people who want to help and those who need help. The 211 call center has been slammed with those calls and is receiving about 400 a day.

“The tornadoes have created an enormous need for information and since we’re here and we’re kind of a hub. Everybody calls,” Cheryl Graham said.

Graham is the director of the 211 United Way of Howard County.

People who have called 211 may have experienced longer waiting periods because the calls have taken time. Graham asks people to be patient, as they make sure people are told their options. Graham said people can also call (765) 868-4133, if they cannot get through to someone.

“When the disaster happens, we just kind of buckle down and, you know, work even harder and try our best to get as many people taken care of the best way that we can,” Graham said.