Chamblee, Doraville Police collect Hurricane Michael relief supplies
CHAMBLEE, Ga. - Between now and Sunday, two metro area police agencies hope to collect as many supplies as they can to help those impacted by Hurricane Michael.
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Officers and employees from the Chamblee and Doraville Police Departments will set out Monday morning to personally deliver the items to South Georgia and the Florida panhandle. They have also partnered with a deputy from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office to transport the supplies. All of those going on the trip are doing so on their own time.
"People are still thinking about them. People still care. That's the main thing," explained Gene Callaway with the Doraville Police Department.
The officers need members of the community to drop off everything from cleaning supplies to baby products. They will also take cash donations.
"Anything to help clean up and get their lives back," said Callaway.
Once they drop off the supplies, the officers will help with the recovery effort by cleaning up debris and lending a hand anywhere they can. The departments partnered on a similar effort after Hurricane Irma.
"We've found that no matter where we go, whether it's in our jurisdiction or outside jurisdictions, our help is always welcome and you know, someday at some point we're going to need their help. So that's why we do this," explained Chamblee Police Capt. Ernesto Ford.
Organizers emphasize that cleaning supplies are the items that they need the most. They do not need donations of bottled water because it can be too difficult to transport.