Rome Cares’ convoy heading home; next delivery site (Irma or Harvey) to be determined. Donations continue today, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; current needs. Burkhalter on Hometown Radio on WRGA at 7:40 a.m. Friday.

Rome Cares’ convoy heading home; next delivery site (Irma or Harvey) to be determined. Donations continue today, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; current needs. Burkhalter on Hometown Radio on WRGA at 7:40 a.m. Friday.


Friday report from ROME CARES

Dropoff site at 1929 N. Broad St. now open. Latest updates: Click Floyd Sherff or on Facebook.

  • Hours: 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • RomeGaCares Disaster Relief Hotline:  706-252-0978
  • The critical needs right now:
    -Cleaning supplies, bug spray and shovels.
    -While water is appreciated, the other items are far more needed at this point.
    -Another volunteer tractor trailer and driver are needed for the next run (three trucks are part of the convoy under way today).

Rome Cares team heading home today from Conroe, Texas. 

The Georgia team, consisting of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, hit the road on Friday for the 800-mile trek home. Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter says what’s undecided is where the next convoy heads — to Irma victims or back to the Houston area.

On radio Friday: Sheriff Tim Burkhalter joins us at 7:40 a.m. Friday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and online at

Rome Cares team spends day one helping distribute flood relief supplies: Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter clocked three hours of sleep over 30 hours as the first convoy of relief from Rome/Floyd County arrived in the Houston suburb of Conroe, Texas, for processing and distribution. Burkhalter and others with Rome Cares are working with Oconee sheriff’s volunteers as well as the Georgia Sheriffs Association. Before a little shut eye Thursday night, Burkhalter said he had a chance encounter with a couple from Rome, Ga., now in the Conroe area. “The couple knew me when I knocked on her door,” Burkhalter says. We’ll have more on that chance meeting later today. Below please see the latest on the Conroe effort and — just as important — continuing donation operations at North Broad Street as Rome Cares prepares to send more relief. Hours today at 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The only question now: Will it be heading to Texas or Florida as Irma begins its run at the United States.

What to donate:

Individuals and groups wishing to provide a disaster relief kit to those in need may do so by:
-Donating $65 to RomeGaCares: A tax deductible gift may also be contributed securely on our website at  Other methods for monetary contributions include in person gifts to RomeGaCares at any Synovus bank (Citizens First in Rome, GB & T in Bartow and Gordon counties), gifts can be mailed to the address listed on the attachment, and on-site gifts of cash or cards (through Square).

-Donations in any amount will be accepted and pooled toward the purchase of a flood recovery kit.
-Donations can be made online through the RomeGaCares page at
-Mailing a check or money order made out to Rome Cares mailed to:
-Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, c/o RomeGaCares, 3 Government Plaza, Rome, Ga. 30161

Prepare a kit on your own with the items listed below.This kit may be dropped off at 1929 North Broad Street; Rome, GA 30161. Please contact us at 706-252-0978 if you have questions.

  • Kit Materials
  • One 5-Gallon bucket with re-sealable lid
  • Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned
  • Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
  • Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • 12-16 oz. Liquid household cleaner- concentrated
  • No spray cleaners
  • 16-28 oz. Dish soap
  • 50 Clothespins
  • One 100 ft. or two 50 ft. cotton or plastic clotheslines
  •  7 Sponges (no cellulose)
  • Twenty-four 33-45 gallon heavy-duty trash bags
  • 18 Cleaning wipes (Handi-wipes or reusable)
  • 1 Can air freshener
  • One 6-14 oz. Insect-repellant spray
  • 2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
  • 1 Pair leather work gloves
  • 5 Scouring pads (no stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads; none with soap built in)
  • 1 Plastic or wooden handle scrub brush
  • 5 Dust masks

We will also accept:
 Water
 Ensure or other non-perishable meal supplements/ replacements (liquid or solid)
 Infant and adult diapers.


Volunteers will be needed to accept and assemble donations and load trailers. These efforts must be coordinated through our Volunteer Coordinator by emailing Please send us the number of volunteers and the dates and times of their availability. The coordinator will then get back in touch with you to confirm when you are needed. We want to make the best use of everyone’s time.


Blood Assurance reports that “Hurricane Harvey and flooding associated with the storm has had a major impact on the nation’s blood supply. In response, Blood Assurance has sent and will continue sending blood supply to centers in Southeast Texas. Blood Assurance is asking the community to make a blood donation at a local donor center or bloodmobile drives because of the increased demand. Says Brian McDaniel of Blood Assurance’s Georgia operations: “The need for blood supply is urgent, and we want to ensure every person affected by Hurricane Harvey has the blood supply they need during this time.”​ The AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism has also issued a request urging eligible donors across America to make and keep donation appointments as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment at a donor center or blood drive near you, please visit, call 800-962-0628 or text ‘BAGIVE ‘ to 444999.


The Salvation Army of Rome relayed this message from its Houston colleagues who are dedicated to “Feeding. Sheltering. Rescuing. Comforting.”  Give relief to those affected by #Harvey
• Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• Text “STORM” to 51555
• Donate online at


The Northwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross has deployed at least four volunteers and it’s locally-based Emergency Response Vehicle to help in relief efforts from Hurricane HarveyHow to help: The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.


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