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By CHELSEA BURNETTThe Wilson Post

With Wilson County and the rest of Middle Tennessee still reeling from the mass amount of flood damage, help comes in many forms, one of which can be found at the Prime Outlets-Lebanon shopping center.

The Flood Relief Store is operated by the City of Lebanon Mayor’s Office and supported by the American Red Cross and the United Way, said Sandi Thomas, one of the workers at the facility.

The store provides an array of products to those who have been affected by the recent flood. Toys, toiletries, bedding and nonperishable food items are available along with desks and other office supplies to assist in the rebuilding of local businesses.

Sandy Palmer, owner of Lebanon’s own White Gloves Studio, an etiquette and party planning business, explained the process to obtain donated items. Palmer volunteered to head up and work with the new store. She noted that a small form requiring basic personal information along with a space to list the immediate needs of the family is all that is required.

Having just opened on Saturday, the facility has already served more than 25 families, Palmer said. All of the items available have been donated by citizens of Lebanon.

No used clothing is accepted for donations, but new clothing is welcome.

Various cleaning products are also on hand to aid with the clean-up effort. Items available are strictly on a first come, first serve basis.

In a news release, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead note that while the primary focus of the store is to help Wilson County residents, no one in need will be turned away.

“There is a verification process, so please be ready to show a picture I.D. and Proof of Residence. The store is also prepared to refer those in need to other local agencies and resources for anything it cannot directly provide,” he said. Craighead noted there is an ongoing effort for the donation of gently used furniture, also on a first come, first serve basis. You are asked to be ready to take it with you immediately because of limited space at the store. He noted it would be best to donate clothing and linens to the Community Help Center in Lebanon.

“The outpouring of generosity and support from the community has been overwhelming and truly humbling. The volunteer spirit is alive and well and Wilson County,” he said.

In addition to supplies, volunteers are also needed at the store.

For those interested in receiving or donating helpful items, the office is located in Suite 160 of the Prime Outlets-Lebanon shopping center. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Staff Writer Chelsea Burnett may be contacted at chelsea@wilsonpost.com.

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