Donations for Albany being collected at Henry fire stations

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Donations are being collected at local fire stations for Albany residents who were hit by two rounds of severe weather recently, resulting in many damaged homes and businesses. McDonough Presbyterian Church (MPC) is coordinating the effort with the slogan “Let’s Show Albany Some Love.” Needed items include diapers, baby food and all types of toiletry items.

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Donations will be accepted until March 24. Items will be delivered to Cutliff Grove Baptist Church Resource Center and the Albany Disaster Relief warehouse.

“When we asked how we could help, their disaster coordinators said the items most needed are toiletries, such as shampoo and toothpaste, as well as baby food and diapers in all sizes,” says Doris Griffin, a member of the Local Mission Committee at MPC. “We have several volunteers who will be driving the items to Albany, so as soon as we collect a car load we can start deliveries.”

“Dougherty County has a number of low income families, so the weather disasters have hit them hard financially,” she adds. “And we are so appreciative of the Henry County Fire Department for providing so many drop off points to make it convenient for anyone who wishes to donate.”

Because the donation effort was organized in February, the church decided to use a Valentine theme of “Let’s Show Albany Some Love” to encourage givers. It was decided to expand the drive to the community at large during March.

Those wishing to help can drop off items at McDonough Presbyterian Church Monday through Thursday or any time at the following local fire stations

HCFD Station 01: 664 Industrial Blvd., McDonough
HCFD Station 02: 35 Frances Ward Drive, Locust Grove
HCFD Station 03: 3030 Hwy. 42 North, Stockbridge
HCFD Station 09: 122 Rock Quarry Road, Stockbridge
HCFD Station 10: 1059 Upchurch Road, McDonough
HCFD Headquarters: 110 South Zack Hinton Blvd., McDonough