Donations for the Little Lotts Creek fire victims are being accepted Friday, April 9 from 9AM to 4 PM at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds Ag Barn, 16942 GA-67, Statesboro. Little Lotts Creek site manager Katherine Parks has been overwhelmed by the offers of assistance from the community.

However, they do not have space in the office to accept items and the residents are all still in hotels or with family members.

The Kiwanis Club of Statesboro offered use of the fairgrounds to allow the community a place to bring items. Parks is asking that individuals wanting to help to please bring clean, usable items.

The most needed items include bed linens, diapers, towels, clothing for adults and children and toys, she said. Nonperishable food items, household items and toiletries such as deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and toothpaste will also be accepted.

Volunteers on site will load items into trucks and take them to a storage facility that has been donated. They will be stored there and distributed to the residents as they relocate into their new homes.

Hopefully eight of the families will be able to move back on site next week. Twelve are permanently displaced.

Financial Contributions Accepted Friday

If you would like to make a financial contribution, please make your checks out to the Coastal Empire Disaster Recovery Committee (CEDRC) and drop it off tomorrow at the fairgrounds.

Nine Families Looking for Affordable Apartments

Anyone with available, affordable apartments for rent available immediately are asked to email

Volunteers Needed Friday

Volunteers, Uhaul type trucks or trailers are needed. Come to the fairgrounds tomorrow when you are free to help.

Please do not bring used clothing items. They ask that you donate those items to Goodwill or Fostering Bulloch Hope Chest.

Hotels Covered

Bulloch VOAD has raised enough money to meet the immediate hotel needs. Obviously many of them have substantial needs to reestablish their homes. For this reason they are continuing to accept contributions designated to these victims through CEDRC.

If you can’t make it tomorrow you can donate to the effort online here:

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