posted at 10:32 am Wed Jun 1st, 2011 by (WherezIt_Staff)
The flood waters have receded in many areas, some roads have been patched and streets are being cleaned. Still there are many families and people unable to return to their homes due to damages caused by flooding.
The Central Vermont Salvation Army, who lost their Thrift Store and all of its contents on North Main Street in Barre, spent the weekend cooking meals for people displaced by flooding at the American Red Cross shelter at the Barre Auditorium , and sending trucks to their other Thrift Store in West Lebanon New Hampshire to return with clothing and other aid for those affected by the devastating storms that have crippled the region. Salvation Army Captains Travis and Kim Delong had no time to deal with their Thrift Store loss. Aiding the community and those affected by flooding was their first concern.
Today, Salvation Army Volunteers began to gut the Thrift Store on Main Street across from the Times Argus, the contents of the store a complete loss. "Our Flood relief efforts remain intact and anyone who is looking for help can call the Salvation Army at 802-476-5301 to schedule an appointment to fill out a flood relief application," said Captain Travis Delong.
The Needs of people in the Central Vermont Community range from loss of home and all of their possessions to vehicle loss to loss of food. Some have lost everything, some already affected by the economy can't afford to replace the food they lost. Add to the problem that the Salvation Army Thrift Store is the way that the Army pays for many of it's assistance and relief programs. In 2007 flooding repairs closed the Thrift Store for 5 weeks costing the Army $40,000 in revenue that could have been used to help with heating or rent assistance. This time around the officers say that they hopefully can be back and running in 2 to 3 weeks.
Enter Local Radio Stations, 1071 Frank-fm, Froggy 100.9 and 1450 WSNO who have gathered canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Army's Emergency Food Shelf every November for the last 9 years. The radio stations had been working with the Army on an upcoming event called "Stuff-A-Truck: Just for Joplin", A relief effort for those in hit by Tornados in Joplin Missouri. "We had begun to promote our efforts to help the folks of Joplin on Thursday of last week just hours before the damaging rains began". Frank-fm Program Director and host of The Late Afternoon Show, TJ Michaels says that it was apparent very early on Friday morning that the Central Vermont Community would need help. "Our hearts were in the right place, but with so many in our community needing help we've decided that our efforts are needed here at home first. So "Stuff-A-Truck: Flood of Support" is coming this Thursday Morning at Midstate Dodge Hyundai on the Barre Montpelier Road, Michaels said.
Frank-fm Morning Host Devon Foxx and Froggy Morning Host JD Green will broadcast live, Thursday morning and begin filling a 48 foot long Bellavance tractor trailer full of items needed to help neighbors get back on their feet and to re-stock the Thrft Store so that they can continue serving the Central Vermont Community when they are able to re-open. Immediately needed items are canned food and non-perishable food items, clean and gently used men's and woman's clothing of all sizes, Bottled Water, Hygiene Items (i.e. soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, Toilet paper etc., Feminine products) New Unopened packages of socks, underwear, trash bags, cleaning supplies, gloves, pet supplies, infant supplies (formula, baby food, diapers, baby wipes)
packaged snack items (granola bars, pretzels, cookies, snack cakes, etc.) To help the Salvation Army with re-stocking the Thrift Store, donations of all kinds will be accepted as long as they are usable. (note the Salvation Army does not accept mattress's unless they are new and wrapped in plastic)
Items collected will be used for flood relief first and The Radio Stations will collect items until the truck is full. A complete list of items needed is available at www.frankvermont.com or at www.froggy1009.com.
Captains: Travis & Kim Delong can be reached at the Salvation Army on Keith Avenue at 476-5301.
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Barre, VT 05641 (Set as Local)