Flood Relief Store seeks more donations from public

By KALYN SHELLYThe Wilson PostAs flood victims seek aid from the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center, they are also encouraged to visit the Flood Relief Store in Suite 160 at the Prime Outlets-Lebanon for any immediate household needs. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteers can call 557-5575 to offer assistance. Clara Lynch, store manager, said their current needs consist of laundry supplies, Ziploc bags, dust pans, baby juice, disposable dishes including plates and silverware, regular dishes, small appliances and usable furniture.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.The store also provides toys, toiletries, bedding, non-perishable foods, and some furniture items and office supplies to help local businesses that were affected by the flooding.New clothing is accepted at the store, but not used clothing.The store opened May 8 and has served a number of families and individuals. All of the items available to citizens affected by the floods have been donated by other citizens.A verification process is in place, so if you are in need of supplies you will need to show a photo I.D. and proof of residence. If the store cannot provide you with an item you need, volunteers will refer you to other agencies and resources that can help.“The volunteer spirit is alive and well in Wilson County,” said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.If you are interested in receiving or donating items, you may take them to the store at the shopping center at One Outlet Village Blvd., Lebanon.Staff Writer Kalyn Shelly may be contacted at kalyn@wilsonpost.com.