No clothing other than NEW underwear and socks. People mean well but trying to sort through all the clothing was EXTREMELY time consuming and it was more important for us to be able to supply people with food, water, first aid items, diapers/formula, etc. We had to have people go out into the areas that were hit and deliver meals/drinks several times a day because we found that people didnt want to leave their home (even when there was very little of it left) because they were afraid of losing what they still had even though we had ALMOST NO looting (people knew that they would very likely be shot on sight... we don't play those games here in Alabama).
Even after we said please no clothing there was some we would still accept ... sometimes because it was new/usable... sometimes because we could tell how important it was for the person who was donating to feel like they helped someone out. The latter was often the case with children or senoir citizens who were on a fixed income but felt compelled to do something... many times they would say how they wished they were able to help physically but since they weren't able they chose to donate things that they no longer used. Something like this can be really hard in those who live very close but didn't have damage (even though it is nothing like what the survivors are dealing with) because they almost seem to feel guilty about them not having damage while so many around them do. Accepting things we knew we couldn't use from people like that seemed almost as if it was therapy for them (if that makes sense).
Anyway, I'm rambling. Glad all is well in your area. Things WILL get better. There are many of us out here who are working to help you all in whatever ways we can.
Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie
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