After Tornadoes, Junk Donations Become Challenge

Sunday, 15 May 2011 10:47 AM

 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Relief officials inundated with donations after the flurry of twisters that killed more than 300 people across the South are sorting through the broken toys and used underwear they don't need while hunting for places to store mountains of vital supplies like canned food.

Across Alabama, agencies are still encouraging people to send items like cleaning supplies for people clearing debris from tornado-damaged homes, or cash donations that can be used to cover operating expenses or handed out to victims. But with storage space scarce, most say they can't handle any more used toys or cast-off clothing.

Mark Jones, a spokesman for the Salvation Army, says "that becomes the disaster within the disaster." He says communities sometimes have to deal with such mass donations in addition to storm damage.

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