| Warehouse halts acceptance
September 8, 2005 - The Katrina Relief
Warehouse, located at 4825 North Broadway, has temporarily halted
the collection of donations.
response has been overwhelming," said Todd Stewart, who is coordinating
this project for Compassion Coalition. "We've had a steady stream
of drop-offs from individuals, churches, businesses, and other organizations.
Volunteers are hard at work organizing this new facility and processing
the tremendous volume of items that have been brought here in the
past two days. Our inventory now includes clothes, personal care
items, household goods, bedding, diapers and other products for
babies and children, and many other items that will be useful to
this relief effort."
Andy Rittenhouse, executive director of Compassion Coalition, expressed
his appreciation for the generosity of the Knoxville community.
"Once we understand what we have on hand and the additional needs
for specific items, we will communicate these needs to the Knoxville
community and request further donations."
The Katrina Relief Warehouse is open Monday through Saturday, 9
a.m. to 5 p.m., to distribute items to displaced families who are
now in Knoxville.
The warehouse opened earlier this week to collect, organize and
distribute material donations. The warehouse is a joint initiative
of the City of Knoxville, Knox County, the Salvation Army, and the
Compassion Coalition, a non-denominational organization that supports
area churches in addressing community needs.