Donations pour in to help tornado victims in Talbot County

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When a small-knit community is in distress, the town shows big heart, giving back to those who matter. 

“We bought many clothing, not only for children, but also for adults,” says Gwenetta Sullivan Echols, Social Worker.

It’s been 4 days since an EF-4 tornado destroyed homes and tore down trees in Talbot County. Since then, large amounts of donations have poured in near and far. 

“We heard the community people needed help in Talbot County, we reached out to Family Connections and we are here to make that happen today,”says Echols.

Echols says the tornado forced her to take action because she’s actually from Lee County, where sadly the tornado took the lives of 23 people. One non-profit I spoke with says they heard the community’s outcry and decided to help those in need.

“This is something we have to do because we give back to our school, give back to our community and we feel this is our community to,” says Shirley Jones, Creator of Latavia’s Closet.

Shoes, school supplies, clothes and water are some of the many items kind givers were able to make. Memebers of Latavia’s Closet know how hard it is to manage bags of clothing, which is why they had the perfect strategy when donating their clothing.

“All our clothes is in a box, it’s separated. We’re making it easier for thm to look at that box,” says Jones.

As the community still struggles in the aftermath from the tornado, the donations become a grain of hope for a better future. 

“It’s just tears because when I saw all of that and we putting it all back here it’s joy! I wouldn’t even think twice about doing it again,” says Jones.

Items in Need:

1. toiletries

2. baby formula

3. diapers

4. laundry detergent

5. paper towels

6. women hygiene products

7. men hygiene produts

8.  baby clothes (infant and toddler sizes)

9. hand soap

10. hand sanitizer

11. trash bags

12. gloves

13. yard rakes

Drop off Centers:

1. Talbot County Family Connection

2. Talbot County Fire Department

3. Powell Baptist Church 

4. New Salem Baptist Church

5. Talbot County Chamber of Commerce

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