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Rome Cares to now assist Irma victims

September 13, 2017--8:42 a.m.


A couple of weeks ago, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office began collecting items for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and now the Rome Cares effort is expanding to include those impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter was a guest on Wednesday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition.

“We have a warehouse full of stuff right now, almost two trucks,” he said. “Last night, we got another truck driver line up. If we get one more truck, I think we can sustain another load of materials down to a location we’ve got to find. We’ve talked about our mission before, which is finding a city that mirrors Rome and Floyd County. Not an Atlanta, but one of the bedroom communities that usually do not get all the resources that we can help out. That is what we are looking for now, and we would appreciate the community’s input on that.”

If you know of a city or town that is in need of relief supplies, you can call (706) 252-0978 or email

Rome cares will continue collecting items at 1929 North Broad Street until Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.

“Right now we have 41 pallets if I remember correctly, and most of those are full of water,” according to Sgt. Carrie Edge with the sheriff’s office. “However, what we really need are the items for the flood kits, and those are very simple. It’s a five-gallon bucket, laundry detergent that is in the 40-ounce size, cleanser, masks, scrub brushes, we need shovels still, fans, Brillo-pads, and sponges.”

You can see a complete list of items that are needed and get more information at