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Local leaders in law enforcement are saddened by continuous reports of flooding in Louisiana and are calling on the public to help deliver assistance to families displaced by flood waters.
The Rome Braves will be assisting in the effort and will open the parking lot across from State Mutual Stadium, where officers will be posted to accept donations. Police and deputies will be on hand to help with unloading of supplies and make the event more convenient for contributors.
The event is scheduled to begin Thursday August 25, 2016 and continue through Saturday August 27, 2016 with hours of 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day.
The Rome Braves will also give away two free tickets for Sunday’s game to every car as a special thank you to the public. Tickets will be available while supplies last.
The law enforcement event is being called “BLUE”
Benefiting Louisiana with Uniformed Encouragement
“The people of Louisiana are reeling from the loss to their state so it’s important for us to bring a unified front of kindness,” said Floyd County Chief Bill Shiflett. “Those folks really need our help and I believe this is a great demonstration of love.”
According to statistics provided by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, more than 40,000 homes have been damaged and approximately 30,000 were rescued from their homes. All of those people are in need of fundamental supplies we take for granted, Shiflett said.
“The flooding in Louisiana brings back painful memories of Katrina for many,” said Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter. “Though we cannot take the hurt and pain of the past away, we can do something to help soften the blow for the more than 100,000 people who have registered for assistance.
Chief Denise Downer-McKinney, of the Rome City Police Department, says events like this are uplifting for all: “With all the support we have received from our community, we want to pay it forward to the community and our brothers and sisters in Louisiana.”
AutoMax Rent-a-Car is donating use of a truck to use during the drop off this week and Scott Logistics will be shipping the supplies at no cost from Rome to Louisiana.
Officials are asking for donations of toiletries, cleaning supplies, baby formula, diapers, paper products, new underwear in the pack, bath towels, wash cloths, laundry detergent, bleach, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, body wash, and feminine hygiene products.
For more information you can contact the Rome Braves at 706-378-5100.
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