The Covenant United Methodist church in Dothan has been offering free clothing and other needed items to local evacuees since Monday. But, they were outgrowing the facility and, on Friday, relocated to the Air National Guard armory on the corner of Westgate and Choctaw.
Several local churches, the Dothan Houston County EMA and the 280th Combat Communications squadron of the Alabama Air National Guard, have joined forces to provide relief to not only out of state evacuees, but local victims of the storm. The Alabama Air National Guard recently relocated and decided to offer their vacant facility to help with the relief drive. Once all of the needs are met on a local basis, the group will send the remaining items to storm victims in Mississippi and Louisiana. The facility will be available to those in need for at least another 6 to 8 weeks.
Covenant's Jill Smith says, "We have a great deal to be distributed right now. We'd love for people to come on and get what they need. We'll be open from 10am to 6pm ,five days a week and on Saturdays from 9 until 11."
Loetitia Navarre lived just 20 miles from New Orleans and says if her family can find jobs in the area, they will permanently re-locate to Dothan.
According to Clark Matthews of the Dothan/Houston County EMA, there are still around 400 evacuees living in our area. If you would like to donate to the relief effort, the number to call is 615-HELP.