By Wm. Cullen James, Navy Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), Millington Crisis Center and local churches are lending a hand to provide Sailors and families aboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., displaced by the May 1 flooding, assistance as they recover from the storm.
To sustain assistance efforts, donations are being accepted.
All local donations made to NMCRS stay local and go toward the recovery efforts of affected military personnel. People outside Millington can also donate directly to flood victims by writing a check payable to NMCRS with "Flood Assistance" written on the memo line and mailed to: 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203.
The Millington Crisis Center is accepting donations of non-perishable food, blankets, cleaning supplies, towels, clothing and monetary contributions for the benefit of the entire city. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1541, Millington, TN 38053, or visit the center at 8113 Wilkinsville Road in Millington.
Local churches leading the recovery assistance charge include Cross Pointe Baptist Church and Millington's First Baptist Church, both in Millington. Cross Pointe is accepting donations of non-perishable food, blankets, cleaning supplies and towels. The First Baptist Church is providing shelter to those who have been displaced by the flood and will provide meals to military identification card holders.
"I've seen triumph out of terror," said Force Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Jon D. Port, Navy Personnel Command force master chief. "The military and civilian communities have pulled together to overcome extreme adversity. But of course there is still need."
NMCRS has been on the scene delivering emergency loans since 9 a.m. May 3.
"Right now we're providing emergency loans; once families get back into their homes they can see what they need and come into our offices and work with a case worker," said Melissa Cantu, director, Millington NMCRS.
Residents from NSA Mid-South face challenging times in the upcoming days.
"We're in kind of an in-between stage right now," Port said. "We've identified and satisfied the immediate need, but we don't yet know what the long-term needs are going to be. As Sailors and families move back into their homes we're going to rely on feedback from them to tell us what's needed."
"I can tell you from the visit by the [Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead] that the people here really appreciated his visit and could tell he cared," Port said. "They know that the situation here has the highest attention from the Navy."
For more information on how to donate to NMCRS visit www.nmcrs.org.
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