Clements Firefighter And Wife Open Distribution Center For Tornado Victims

COXEY, Ala. (WHNT) – In Limestone County, some of the tornado victims escaped Monday’s storm with only the clothes they were wearing. As we worked our way through the ravaged communities Tuesday and Wednesday, we saw some of the same people, still wearing the same clothes they had on Monday. Several members of the Clements Volunteer Fire Department also saw this and the wife of one firefighter decided to take action. So early Friday morning, they opened a drop point for both new and used clothing to help the storm victims get by.

The effort began officially at 7 o’clock Friday morning and within just a few hours, hundreds of garments had been collected and more was coming in the door. Most relief agencies don’t want to accept donations of used clothing because of the time and labor involved in sorting it and making certain it’s clean and usable. That’s where Pam Clark comes in. She and a few friends literally borrowed a building, the old Catfish Inn on Highway 72, and began accepting used clothes and baby items that they will give to anyone in the community who needs it.

“And it just kept bothering me and bothering me and I just decided I’m going to find me a place and I’m gonna do it,” Clark told WHNT News 19.

Social media got the effort underway, and then WPI Roofing and Construction of Florence decided to get involved to help.

Company owner Benji Wilson told us, “They really they need immediate help with this clothing and we’re just trying to do our part and give back to the community. Now we’re set up over in Florence where our corporate office is and I want to ask anybody that’s watching to please come over there and drop off clothes and non-perishable food items. We’re bringing a truck over every day, when it gets loaded, we’ll bring a truck and our trailer over here.”

Whats more, if storm victims can’t get to their site on Highway 72, just call. They’ll deliver what you need.

Here’s the telephone number if you have items to donate, or if you’re in need, it’s 256-221-3658.

39 comments

  • truth hurts

    Can’t believe people still bring things there…please take it to a church where the donations will be used properly and not for person gain..also I would like to see someone press the issue besides me and have them arrested for fraud and theft…CROOKS monetary donations are being use for gas for their cars and cigerettes

  • karma comes around

    Regarding the comments made by truth hurts. Do not worry you are not the only one thats not going to let this issue die im sure that gas and smokes are not all thats being bought with the donated money person bills are beimg payed aswell and family members of the ones running it that where not affected by this tragedy are being seen wear new clothes please to all the people reading this take your items you would like to donate to a church. In situations like this you see the good and the bad in people its just a shame that there are people in this world and in our small community that are willing to stoop this low we all need to remember there are alot who have lost everything THE CLARKS HAVENT LOST ANYTHING BUT THEY SURE SEEM TO BE GAINING ALOT FROM THIS TRAGEDY!!!

  • Speak the truth

    To the community – please take your donations to churches and help stations were the people who really need them will have them, don’t let this self fullfing “donation center for tornado victims” fool you. They want your donations for themselves.
    To the Clark’s – hope you enjoy what of the donations you have already taken from those who are in need and used them for yourself, the only thing you’re in need of is getting a job and not feeling sorry for yourself. Life has a way of working things out and what don’t slap you in the face today might knock you on your tail tomorrow. Treat others how you want to be treated and remember “KARMA” maybe someone donated a nice mattress that you decided to steal bc your gonna need a soft place to land. Hope the guilt of there being innocent elderly, children, and adults with absolutely nothing leftand the fact that you are taking from those people eat at you.

  • truth hurts

    Well karma I knew I wasn’t the only one who noticed it hope enough people stand up and something is done about it…I don’t see how someone could take from the needy and still sleep at night…

  • karma comes around

    They are not sleeping at night there staying up trying to find a way to get futher personal gain

  • karma comes around

    I have not been there helping I have actually been in the areas that where hit by the storm helping people who need it sence monday night I see no point in helping them steal there doing a good enough job stealing on there own

  • concerned

    I have made deliverys myself to familys I help there nights packing family boxes who have lost everything… my own gas my own time bless Pam for doing this churches turned cloths away
    Tell me what u need make me a list I’ll deliver and pick up rumors don’t hrlo anyone I’ve been from one end of the county to other my own gas time and money

    • concerned

      Picking up donations and dropping to displaced who have no home here right now in coxey they are staying in hotels and all over …and BTW not at all bragging …..its not about that its called helping anywhere I can …don’t twist my words….. I’ll come help where ever u are if they need help …
      I’m trying to say some of us ARE helping ……..not taking a thing …its important and I agree power is not an issue was only apologizing for typos …in my post

  • karma comes around

    Im without power aswell but thats not an issue to me because there are alot that are not as fortunate and lost everything I am going to ask you this sence you want to brag about driving from one end of the county to the other why are you traveling the whole county when there is only around 16 miles of limestone county where people lost everything there is a large area of limestone county that wasnt affected

  • karma comes around

    Well im just letting the people who do wanna help and know right from wromg whats going on there

  • truth hurts

    Concern must not be one of the people who started the clothes drive because the said they are using their OWN gas…

  • Speak the truth

    Concern, I want judge you or make any false accusations against you bc maybe YOU are actually trying to do a good dead and help people in need. But as karma and truth hurts have already stated that donation center is to benefit the Clark family not the community. I will say that you are very wrong when you say that the churches will not accept clothing. I myself have family and friends who are not only members but also leaders of local Clements and coxey area churches not only is there a few different churches but also help stations and donation centers as well as the salvation army and I’m sure that local volunteers and the limestone co sheriff dept who would be happy to take anything from food, kids toys, home furnishings and CLOTHING and disperse it to someone in need, all donations are being accepted as long as it isn’t trash. While you’re praising yourself for your “good dead” know that just because everyone isn’t at “your donation center” doesn’t mean that nobody besides your is helping several people have been helping since Monday night directly with victims and will continue to help until things get better. If your helping for the right reasons your are appreciated but if your helping the theifs stock there own homes or your stocking yours then your no better than they are. A sincere thanks should go to all of the churches, local volunteers, students from the schools, the real donation centers, and the honest people in the community who are helping. Those people are greatly appreciated.

  • karma comes around

    Im not going to continue to make post about whats going on there I am taking action in a different manor I will right this wrong !!! And to concerned I wasnt saying you your self are doing wrong but never forget the saying about one bad will ruin the entire batch

  • concerned

    Praising myself…really. SMH. not at all ….and i never ever said anything like that. Just saying not everyone is just out for themselfs
    Some of us who help are trying to do the right thing…so many who are helping are doing the right thing regardless of the situations even if what y’all say is true..I go about my buiness .. doing whatever needs to be done.not for the “Clark’s”but for all those who are with out.. its devastating to drive around and see the destruction..
    And if that’s is all true “what goes around comes around
    I’m going to keep trying to do the best I can to help those who need it…..and if u know and have proof then by all means take action. ..i have heard of some stealing from homes I’ve saw people say they have been affected by the storm to get help ..and not be at all…its sad when stuff like this happens and it brings out the worst in some

  • concerned

    And I never ever said I was the only one helping or the only place helping ..the good deeds’ comment ……
    Goodness.
    I never said a thing about the lights being off like that in the other persons comment.
    Ithink no matter what I said it would be twisted around here..
    I’m not the person it people u are after..
    Don’t be so ready to just jump everyone and anyone

  • Andy

    Having volunteered my time and my money helping the Clark’s I know that churches and other places were not taking donations. These people that showed up to blue springs elementary told us they were being turned away. That’s why the Clark’s opened the drop center. I can assure you nothing is being taken home for personal gain. The money is being given to the victims. The clothes and thing are given away for free to those in need. It is our money we use to buy gas and “smokes”. The Clark’s have been responding to this disaster as soon as the storm passed. One of them even lost their job for helping the community. So please don’t speak of which you do not know.

  • the judge

    A CLARK with a job….since when…nothing being taken… you full of it and you gonna have a front row seat on that bus they driving straight to hell with gasoline underwear on….and I’m sure after they got though paying their bills there was plenty of money left to fill the bus up too….so what you need to doing is stop lying

    • Andy

      Respectfully if you aren’t getting out and helping in the community or doing anything of that nature do not dog on those who are. Also, why if you are all so wise and informed why are you all hiding behind pseudoyms. I used my actual name because I have been out in this community working my fingers to the bone and being threatened with my job because it was more important for me to be here. I’ve known this whole Clark family for 18 years and yes there have been mistakes made but they, like all of you, are human. Pam, Steve, and Jonathon have all been providing response since the Monday following the storms. They were at Blue Springs everyday following coordinating relief efforts. They heard first hand that no church or other orginizations were taking ANY kind of donation of clothing. That is why Pam did what she did. She is giving out everything for free to those in need and that which is left over is being donated again to orginizations that will give them to others in need. The money is being used to help the storm victims as well. “The Judge” I recommend that you not be concerned with what my undergarments are coated with or without but rather worry about whether or not God will smile so kindly upon you for you so gracefully taking over his job as THE judge. Karma, you should not be concerned with my repercussions based on my choices. I know what is going on. I’ve been there. I’ve seen the people that come through that didn’t lose anything but power and watched as they tried to exploit the things that they didn’t need. Just looking for a handout or something free. You have a nice day and may God bless you. Remember you will be judged upon as you have judged others.

  • karma comes around

    The issues that are taking place there are out of our hands my only reason for making comments was to let others know whats going on it seems I have wasted my time and effort because there are always going to be people that are fooled by the clarks and there ways as for you andy I wish you the best of luck my only suggestion to you is keep a jar of lube close because dealing with the crowd your dealing with your sure to take a fu*****!!!

  • umm WOW

    damned if u do and damned if u don’t…… looks like to me ….. … if they hadn’t helped they’d be lazy worthless ,,,,,,if they do help they stealing and worthless .. ..maybe some of us would like to give the benefit of the doubt .. Innocent until proven guilty … if its happening it will come out because its under FEMA control .. someone HAS to keep donations amounts who from or where from and they also will have to show WHERE IT WENT …not just say it went so and so .. THEY WILL HAVE TO SHOW NAMES DATES AND FOR WHAT … . I would hope they know this anyways, FEMA gave them guidelines . THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR A CHARITY … . so I would think they know to keep up with it carefully .( VERY CAREFULLY ) .. because OF IT BEING FEDERAL .and that’s not to be played with…. its not just whatever will work … so someone better have a list .. and some proof in the end of all of this .. ..
    .. .. So for now .. that’s about it .. you can’t get upset cause other don’t believe all u say, if we believed everything we heard it would be a miserable life … AND NO ONE WOULD EVER TRY TO HELP OR DO SOMETHING GOOD … if the ” Clarks ” as u keep saying or messing up they will have to answer for this … either or .. AND those involved with collecting any monetary donations …at this charity . I would assume that would be common knowledge .. FEMA . FEDERAL .. ( DONT BE STUPID AND TRY TO SCREW EM OVER CAUSE THEY WILL GET YA .. BIG TIME .. . if not every one would start charity’s ”
    if it happens we will come back and so well you were right .JUSTICE SERVED …. and if not .. well …
    pretty much end of story ..
    regardless to whom ever else reading this ..don’t get discouraged by this .. every charity i have helped during this ( almost all ) so far i have , seen set up has had some problems happen .. lies, stealing or just some rumors started .. and so on ..
    .. even if you help one person . at least you have done something.. and some are some are not …
    and that’s about all it is to that ..
    everyone else KEEP HELPING >> it makes a difference even if a few mess up ..

  • karma comes around

    Umm wow – I have to tell you that is best comment made and I agree 100 percent with you and yes that is federal and no they have not thought of that im sure u are also right helping one person if nothing else is still better than doing nothing at all I wish that all of this where no more than rumors but im sorry to say thats not the case this time.

  • the judge

    Its not what i hear… its what i know….and I’m telling you now when the ball starts rolling its gonna be a snowball effect….this….this is only the beginning

  • truth hurts

    Don’t get me wrong ….there is some good being done but there are others who need the monetary donations worse than they need it to pay their own bills

  • karma comes around

    Seems the person named concerned did a little investigation of there own and found out we are telling the truth because they havent had anything else to say. And to anyone on else reading this its not hard to check with local organizations in the area and find out what you need to know about a person or persons my advice is if I dont believe what im telling you check into for yourself if im wrong I will be more than happy to admit it I wish at this point someone would prove me wrong thankfully clements is a very strong community and even with a few wrongs being made we will come back better and stonger than ever

  • Clark's are the devil

    I personally i am unfortunate to know the Clark’s and there lying and thieving untrustworthy selves.people from the fire dept say that he steals from them. And someone needs to ask why Pam Clark is no longer in the fire dept if she won’t tell you write back and I will

  • karma comes around

    Your right we can not stay in the past but we can learn from it history always repeats itself

  • karma comes around

    Andy we all are tired of seeing the clarks take advantage every chance they get u say u have been working ur fingers to the bone well congradulations so have the rest of us. There where plenty of eye witness accounts that seen steve clark steal food water and snack cakes from bluesprings keep defending them and you will be just as big a part of whats coming as they are the reason for my real name not being posted is I was asked to remain anonymous to prevent problems with other vol organizations

  • witness

    I been helping since day one not getting home till late been without power untill last tuesday telling my little kids daddy will be back later there are familys that need help right now but they are to young to understand but i know for a fact that all they ever do is screw over people they have a nephew that there car insurance is with ever month they have a excuse not to pay it a nother guy felt sorry for them and sold them a lawmower on payments he never payed him for it then sold the mower without telling him they constantly taking advantage of people with a kind heart and a good soul if they are not taking anvantage of a bad situation tell me why there is a 120 cans of potted meat and name brand clothes and purses dog food and cat food behind close doors at catfish in they got a lady arrested that lived in the community for getting clothes but i wittness a woman from elkmont load her car down with clothes how is that right and andy how do you have the right to speech about anything didnt you and jonathon clark get caught stealing when yall worked at K-mart

  • the judge

    Andy I have a question ….is your house full of donated potted meat and dog food too or do you just have the wool pulled over your eyes

  • umm WOW

    wow this has just gotten way to much for nothing to be proven ….
    if u donated money then tell someone … if u think it was misused ..
    someone has to check it out …. all donations should have some kind of proof .. or something .. one way or another ,,, so if enough say they have and yet no proof it left the charity in right ways .. then someone should have to check it out, i would think .. and so far that has not happened ..
    and yes that lady did get arrested because they had proof of what she was doing …… so that shows ,so can others !!if they were in charge or not, u can get caught .. if someone speaks up … that simple .. .
    but so far all of this is hear say and just wanting to blast someones past out ..
    this is just total sadness added to the loss of what this community is dealing with already

    while yall are at it…. dont forget the church who is stockpiling down the road . ( clements church ) from what i hear they wont ever use all they have ……….. even feeding as many ever day …. yet they keep getting support in asking for list of items .. ( that they do not need!!) .. and only new items is all they want …
    UMM yea…
    im sure there’s other places too to go after so seek them out also ….. .. cause this one here has gotten old and boring …. I hadn’t seen it reported yet or in the news ..
    so yea
    UMMMM WOW ..

    .. .

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