Local agency needs help with Hurricane Isaac relief
by Daniel Gaddy
Sep 07, 2012 | 1199 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteers with Missions Unlimited unload a truck with food and cleaning supplies that will be taken to victims of Hurricane Isaac. Officials with Missions Unlimited say they need more donations in order to provided much needed help to those affected by the hurricane. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
Volunteers with Missions Unlimited unload a truck with food and cleaning supplies that will be taken to victims of Hurricane Isaac. Officials with Missions Unlimited say they need more donations in order to provided much needed help to those affected by the hurricane. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
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Volunteers with the local relief agency Missions Unlimited spent much of Tuesday unloading trucks of food and cleaning supplies which will go to help the victims of Hurricane Isaac.

For the next two weeks, workers with the agency will receive supplies from dozens of charities and nonprofits. Those supplies will be organized and loaded up at the Missions Unlimited headquarters in Jasper and then sent to areas hit worst by Hurricane Isaac.

Missions Unlimited President Kenneth Key said that, though the national press has focused primarily on the Democratic and Republican national conventions, significant damage occurred during the storm and many people are suffering because of it.

“As always, Missions Unlimited will do what we can to help,” he said.

According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, about 6,353 people were housed in state-run shelters at the height of the storm. And the city of New Orleans saw more than $60 million of damage to its sewer system alone.

Key said the gallons of cleaning supplies and pallets full of food that workers were unloading Tuesday were sent from the nationwide nonprofit Feed the Children.

Despite the help from Feed the Children and other organizations, Key said Missions Unlimited officials still needs funds to send the truckloads to Louisiana and purchase replacements for the supplies they have sent.

He said monetary donations are always appreciated. In regard to supplies, Missions Unlimited officials need quick-fix meals, cleaning supplies, shovels, rakes, heavy-duty garbage bags and drum liners.

“We can’t ever seem to get stocked up,” Key said.

Missions Unlimited was founded in 1977. Key said the agency provides “relief and development” to people around the world.

However, the organization has also provided supplies and relief to local victims of the April 27 tornadoes.

To donate to Missions Unlimited, send checks to P.O. Box 929 Jasper, AL 35502 or call (205) 275-9070 or (205) 544-8784.