‘The City With Spirit’ stepping up for South Pittsburg victims
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
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THE SALVATION ARMY’S Jim Welch, Daniel Murch and Bob Armstrong served neighbors who were affected by the flash flooding in South Pittsburg.
THE SALVATION ARMY’S Jim Welch, Daniel Murch and Bob Armstrong served neighbors who were affected by the flash flooding in South Pittsburg.
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Cleveland is helping South Pittsburg after flash flooding virtually took over the town last week.

According to Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, he has been getting calls from locals who have friends or family in the area so he is appealing for help from “The City With Spirit.”

Kimberly George of the Salvation Army said monetary donations are needed most.

“We have been providing meals this week to those affected. We have also taken box fans to help out,” George said.

Ruthie Forgey of the Salvation Army said a big need for diapers, cleaning supplies such as mops, brooms, disinfectants, paper towels and other items in kind can be donated.

Anything in-kind or monetary donations can be taken to the Cleveland Salvation Army located on Inman Street, according to George.

“We are appreciative of all the help our neighbors in South Pittsburg are receiving from Clevelanders and for the extra efforts being made by the Salvation Army and staff. This is a great example of neighbors helping neighbors. When we were hit by tornadoes, we were blessed to have neighboring counties coming to our aid. I hope we can meet the needs of our neighbors in South Pittsburg at this time," Rowland said.

The Hiwassee Chapter of the American Red Cross has closed shelters in the South Pittsburg area, according to Jamie Lewis who heads up the local disaster relief effort for the chapter.

“We don’t budget for disaster,” said George.

“Our purpose is to do the most good for the community so we pray that God will provide when we need donations,” she added.

Tennessee has been hit fairly hard recently from flooding and other disasters.

The Red Cross locally has responded to several large apartment fires recently and continued that Thursday after a fire in Chattanooga.

George said donations can also be sent via email at csarmy.org or 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Dropoff times at the local post are between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 435 Inman St. or at the Inman Street Coffee House until 11 p.m. daily.