Eclectic mayor says no more clothing donations

Mayor Helen Rowe
Mayor Helen Rowe
Donations are plentiful. Room for those donations is scarce.
Donations are plentiful. Room for those donations is scarce.

ECLECTIC, AL (WSFA) - "We're just asking don't bring anymore clothing up here," says Eclectic Mayor Helen Rowe.

She doesn't want residents getting the wrong idea. Donations are appreciated. But the outpouring of support from folks in and around Elmore County has been so great, there's little room for much else in the donation warehouse.

"Nobody has been asked to close a center even though that has been said, but we're just asking as far as the town is concerned, we just have enough clothes we cannot physically handle it."

Jan Collier has been folding clothes all day and says there are different needs now.

"They can absolutely use other things though, household items maybe, but clothes I would think there's probably plenty here," says Jan Collier.

While most donation sites in Eclectic aren't taking any more clothing, ministers at the First Baptist Church in town say they'll take whatever food donations they can get.

"We're taking food up to the end of this week," says Jeremy Brown.

Brown helps out with the church's Kindness Ministry--providing tornado victims with food, water, hygiene products and even sack lunches.

In just one week, donors alone have filled up the church's basement.

"We appreciate what everybody's done and we welcome it," says Mayor Rowe.

Rowe says if Elmore County tornado victims can't use all the donated goods, they may be shipped to other areas of the state.

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