As you all know, this week there were excessive rains that lead to dams breaking and mass flooding in Midland County, Michigan. Not only are we, as a nation, dealing with a pandemic, these floods have added to an already chaotic way of life. People living in the area have lost everything and are asking for all the help that those in non affected areas can lend.
- Hygiene items: soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, combs/brushes, hair ties, shampoo
- Clothing: new or freshly-washed items for children, men and women (socks, underwear, shirts, pants, shorts, jackets, bras and pajamas)
- Household items: pillows, blankets, towels, wash cloths, sheets
- Food items: shelf stable food products, bottled water
- Cleaning supplies: bleach, contractor-grade trash bags, Lysol wipes, 409, Pine-Sol
- Paper products: paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery, toilet paper, paper towels
- Books & board games (please include batteries if required for game)
Because of the pandemic donations to other places have been closed – however, these restrictions have been lifted strictly to those residents in Midland County as long as used items are freshly washed prior to donation (those that can be safely washed).
Midland County is currently asking is that if you are supplying clothing/blankets that you separate them by gender/size and label the bag accordingly to minimize the amount of people needing to touch these items during distribution. At this time Midland County can’t guarantee whether they will be able to supply donation slips for tax purposes, as social distancing guidelines makes this difficult. (Because clothing is not deemed necessary during disaster relief, clothing items cannot be claimed as donations for tax purposes in this instance). They are suggesting that donors to make a list of other contributions and take pictures for when tax time comes around.
Many of you have commented that you have worked hard at home these past few weeks and are eager for donation sites to open. This may be a great way to clear out items AND help others at the same time.
Reader Brandy has offered to load up a number of vehicles and deliver these items to the Midland area (her parents live in the area). You can drop them off at Osteopathic Health Care Associates office in Utica (44720 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, MI 48317) during business hours (8:30 am – 4 pm on Monday-Wednesday).
For more information on the Midland County Disaster Resources page.