New Richmond Supt. of schools Adam Bird issued the following statement today regarding way to help Moscow tornado victims:
Many have asked how they can help the residents of Moscow.
1. The short term needs are being met by the Red Cross. They have been supplying food, water, medical services, and coordination. Financial donations to the Red Cross would help them continue.
2. For long term food needs, the NR schools will begin accepting donations on Monday of non-perishable food items and water bottles.
Those can be dropped off at any of our schools on Monday or sent in with students. It can also be dropped at our administrative building on 212 Market Street. We will turn those food and water donations over to the NR Food Pantry who will then disperse to those in need.
3. NR schools will not be accepting clothing donations. I would encourage those who wish to make a clothing donation to seek out churches in the Moscow and New Richmond area.
4. Moscow residents will need help in a few days cleaning up. Right now, fire departments and other groups with big equipment are working. We can be ready to help with smaller cleanup needs if called upon.
5. Our bus drivers, counselors, teachers, and aides should be ready to identify and support those students on Monday and beyond that might have emotional needs.
Thanks to so many who are willing to help our community.
Adam C. Bird
New Richmond Exempted Village School District
212 Market St.
New Richmond, Ohio 45157
New Richmond freshman James Mahan was among the 50 volunteers who helped the Red Cross set up operations in the high school Friday night to house and feed Moscow tornado victims. School board president Kevin Walrivin is pictured in the background.