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Emergency kits needed to help flood, hurricane areas

Holston will send a trailer of cleaning and hygiene kits to help flash flood survivors in central Tennessee. (File photo)

Aug. 31 update: The need for churches to assemble emergency kits has escalated following Hurricane Ida. Please contact your district office for information on assembling and delivering the supplies.

ALCOA, Tenn. -- Church groups throughout Holston Conference are gearing up to collect cleaning and hygiene supplies to help neighbors in central Tennessee, after weekend flash floods left 18 dead and more than 270 homes destroyed.

On Friday, Aug. 27, Holston Conference will send a trailer full of “Cleaning Kits” and “Hygiene Kits” from its inventory to Williamson and Hickman Counties to help with the disaster recovery effort, said the Rev. Mike Sluder, connectional ministries director. Sluder said he is working with Tennessee Conference disaster response ministries to target where aid is needed. 

Church groups are asked to begin assembling Cleaning Kits and Hygiene Kits – based on instructions prepared by UMCOR – to help Holston Conference send more supplies as needed to central Tennessee, as well as to replenish inventory for future disasters.

Cleaning Kit instructions
Hygiene Kit instructions

Church groups should contact their district offices for instructions on when and where to drop off their prepared kits. These districts have already released instructions:

Appalachian District
  • Collection site: District office, 1314 W. Jackson Street, Suite 101, Gate City, VA
  • Drop off beginning Aug. 30, Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., until further notice. Please call ahead at 423.224.1533 or 276.523.3025.
New River District
  • Collection site: District office, 105 Asbury Lane, Wytheville, VA
  • Drop off Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Or call 276.228.4922 to make appointment.
Tennessee Valley District
  • Collection site: Central UMC, 201 Third Avenue, Knoxville, TN
  • Drop off Monday-Friday, 8-11 a.m., through Oct. 1.
  • Or call 865.524.1659 to make appointment.

Three Rivers District
  • Collection site: District Ministry Center, 110 Mary Street, Gray, TN
  • Drop off Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., through Sept. 30
  • Or call 423.926.7533 to make an appointment