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TEMA Has Too Many Donated Clothes

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LAFAYETTE, Tenn. - The warehouse behind the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Lafayette are overloaded with items such as clothing, furniture, food, etc.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency officials are asking that anyone affected by these storms in any way, in any county to come and load up their vehicles with these items.

Donations have reached the capacity of the warehouse, which is behind the shelter at 1200 Russell Drive.

Very few tornado victims have taken advantage of the generosity.

The need is there, but for some reason, many victims don't want the help.

"In don't understand why they're not responding," said Pam Phillips, a tornado victim. "This fellow over here, he's got brand stuff with tags still on it and nobody's coming."

In Macon County, the tornado destroyed 170 homes and damaged several others.

Phillips said she has friends who lost everything, but they refuse to pick up items such as food and clothing.

"Pride," she said. "I told them that God is just showing us that he's still in control, but that people are still willing to help. Take advantage of it."

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the 13 counties designated as disaster areas can apply for assistance by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Anyone interested in donating goods, services or money to the storm victims are encouraged to call the Tennessee Emergency Volunteer & Donations Hotline at 1-866-586-4483.

The hotline call center is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by volunteers from AT&T. The volunteers are helping TEMA to match requests with the non-emergency needs of the storm victims.

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