What is needed!

I traveled to Kentucky today and looked at where we have been asked to serve.  The destruction is more than pictures on the TV can really show.  Please pray for those affected and those who will go and serve.  It will be a long recovery for the people of that area.

A number of churches have begun to ask if we are going to collect items for those affected by the flooding in Kentucky.  I am attching a list of items that we will collect at the MMC and also God’s Warehouse in Morristown.  There are two lists included, one is for the short-term needs and another is for the long-term needs of those who have lost everything.

If you need a Word form of the document below, please email me at wjones@tnbaptist.org 

Emergency Donations for Disaster Response

Many individuals and churches have called and asked what they can do to assist with the needs in times of disaster like we are now experiencing.  Below are my suggestions for those who would like to help.

Cash and gift cards are the best way to help. Donate at http://tndisasterrelief.org/contributions/ or mailed to Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, PO Box 682789, Franklin, TN 37068, earmarked for the specific disaster. Donations policy can be found on the www.tndisasterrelief.org page. Gift cards can be sent to the Missions Mobilization Center, 6434 John Hagar Rd., Mount Juliet, TN 37122. These are much easier to use to meet specific needs of a family.

However, we know that some want to help in a tangible way therefore, the following is a list of goods that will be accepted at the location below for transport to the affected areas.  There are two lists attached.  Many times in the immediate aftermath of an event, towns are flooded with immediate response items.  I encourage you to look not just in the short term, but also the long term and the needs that arise when people are trying to set themselves up in new housing accommodations.  Please consider long term needs and not just immediate needs.   Please note we are NOT accepting any used clothing. We will however accept new clothing with labels attached and in original packaging.

Missions Mobilization Center

6434 John Hagar Road

Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Call first.)

(615) 371-7926 or (615) 371-7927 to call before making a delivery.

If you need to drop off at a time different than the operational hours, please reply to this email and we will make every effort to have someone available to accommodate your schedule.

Any questions should be directed to the MMC at 615-371-7926. Or email us at drelief@tnbaptist.org , wjones@tnbaptist.org , or eholmes@tnbaptist.org

You must call in advance to make sure someone will be present to receive the goods.


At the beginning of a disaster many people, churches, and organizations flock to meet the immediate need of those who have experienced a disaster.  Often towns are overrun with donations and have to spend time and manpower finding places to put all the items and then find people to manage the flow of goods. I would like for us to think a little longer term.  Think about what people would need to go back in and set up a house.  Think about when you moved into your first home or got married, what were the things that you needed to fill out your home?  That said, I want to suggest the following types of new items for you to consider:

Kitchen Set-up kits

  • Pots and Pan set
  • Skillet
  • Silverware set 4 or 8 place settings
  • Dishes set 4 or 8 place settings
  • Drinking Cups
  • Coffee cups
  • Knives
  • Potato peeler
  • Pizza cutter
  • Spatulas
  • Serving spoons/utensils
  • Dish Towels
  • Dish Cloths
  • Potholders/glove
  • Small hand mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Serving bowls
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Storage dishes for Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker???
  • Cookie sheets
  • Pizza sheet
  • Can opener

Bath Essentials

  • Bath Towel, Hand Towel and Washcloth sets.
  • Bathmat sets

Bedroom Essentials

  • Sheet sets
    • King
    • Queen
    • Double
    • Single
  • Blankets
  • Comforter Sets
  • Wall clocks

Clothing – No Used Clothing

  • New Underwear and bras- All sizes in original package.
  • New Socks in all sizes
  • New shoes, sneakers, slippers and sandals
  • New Adult clothing
  • New Baby clothing
  • New Children’s Clothing


  • Gift cards

We will not accept used clothing.


“Immediate Aftermath” items are usually needed in the weeks to a Month after a storm, after that please focus on the “Long Term” needs as people try and set up their homes again.

Immediate Aftermath

Clean up Supplies

  • Box knives
  • Hammers
  • Flat pry bars
  • Flat shovels
  • Tyvek suits
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Rubber gloves
  • Floor squeegees
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Large heavy-duty garbage bags
  • Hoses
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Mops, brooms, buckets, squeegees
  • Scoop shovels, rakes
  • Safety glasses
  • Leather gloves
  • Long rubber gloves
  • Mechanic type gloves
  • Box knives
  • Small scrub brushes
  • Box fans
  • Scoop shovels
  • Push brooms

Paper Products

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels

Personal Care Items

  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap
  • Deodorant, anti-perspirant
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Adult diapers
  • Suntan Lotion SPF 30 or higher
  • New hairbrushes

Perishable Items

  • Baby formula/baby – Must be within date
  • Gatorade/Powerade
  • Individually wrapped snack foods with long-shelf life (no expired food)
  • Food with long shelf life (no expired food)


  • Clothing – No Used Clothing
  • New Underwear and bras- All sizes in original package.
  • New Socks in all sizes
  • New shoes, sneakers, and sandals
  • New Adult clothing
  • New Baby clothing
  • New Children’s Clothing


  • Gift cards

All perishable items must be within the date and not expired. We will not accept used clothing.