Donation drive helps tornado victims recover


April 30, 2011 3:15:19 PM PDT
A community-wide effort is helping those who lost everything in the tornadoes replace some of what they lost - items ranging from furniture to bed linens.All morning Saturday, people stopped by a Rebuild Raleigh event off Capital Boulevard to donate items.

Some brought big items like microwaves, others helped with simple things, like paper towels.

"We brought a rug, window treatments, barstools, and some household items," said Ann Hogewood.

Hogewood's 10-year-old son also got in on the effort.

"I picked out all the groceries, all the stuff like that," said Benjamin Hogewood.

The project is part of a collaboration between the Salvation Army and the Green Chair Project, which normally provides these items to homeless people who are transitioning to independent living.

For those who don't have items to give, organizers say cash would help too.

"If they would like to sponsor a family whose been stricken by the tornadoes, to receive a whole household of furnishings, they can pay $200 and that family will have no expense in having to replace their furniture," said Jackie Craig, co-founder of the Green Chair Project.

To learn more about The Green Chair Project and how to make cash or household item donations, go to their website here.

Also, a similar organization is looking to help tornado victims replace their damaged cars. If you have a vehicle to donate, you can click here.

If you or someone you know is in need of these services, contact the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, or the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. All applicants must apply to be eligible.

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