Network of Community Ministries in Richardson offering food, clothing to tornado victims

A local man whose home lost power in the tornado gathers supplies at the Network popup center.

A local man whose home lost power in the tornado gathers supplies at the Network popup center.

Residents affected by the Oct. 20 tornado can access food, clothing and other emergency supplies at Network of Community Ministries.

Network's headquarters is located in Richardson at 741 Sherman St. A temporary resource center has been set up outside the facility, where volunteers are distributing nonperishable food and other items to families and individuals in need.

Additional refrigerated and nonrefrigerated storage units for donated goods have been loaned to the center by Kehe Distributors and Pods, respectively, Network CEO Cindy Shafer said.

Clothing is available at the facility's on-site closet, Shafer said. Network volunteers can also provide referrals for temporary housing and other resources.

The organization is in need of volunteers to help supplement the relief efforts. Those willing to help can show up at any time and do not need to call ahead; however, she asked that volunteers be patient, as some periods are slower than others.

Community members are also welcome to drop off nonperishable food, toiletries, clothing and other supplies, such as diapers. Food items needed include pasta, bread, ready-made meals and shelf-ready milk, a spokesperson said.

The pop-up center will remain open at least through Friday, according to Shafer. Hours for Tuesday through Thursday are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-noon. Network is closed on the weekends.
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