Mills Home needing donations to help with damage, lost food after ice storm

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Leaders at a children’s home in Davidson County are asking for donations to help replace food and repair damage after the recent ice storm.

“It looked like a warzone when the ice storm hit,” said Blake Ragsdale, director of communications for Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina. “You had limbs that were falling, ice that was helping to uproot the trees.”

Mills Home in Thomasville is largest facility operated by Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina. It has been a safe haven for children and families in crisis situations for more than 100 years.

Sam Barefoot, senior vice president of the non-profit, worked through the weekend assessing the damage and beginning repairs.

“I felt the burden of wanting to get life back for the children the way it was normally,” said Barefoot.

The power was out at Mills Home for four days. As a result, tens of thousands of dollars of food went bad in the facility’s two walk-in freezers and dozens of refrigerators.

Brandi Sarver, a childcare worker, had just restocked one of the refrigerators days before the power went out.

“I had lots of groceries in there. My freezer was almost full. We had to clean out and throw it all away,” said Sarver.

Mills Home officials say volunteers from across the state have already started clearing tree limbs. However, donating money would help restock the food for dozens of children in need.

“When they see people step forward, people they don’t even know who want to do something special to help them out, that means something to them,” said Ragsdale.

For now, Ragsdale says gift cards to grocery stores are more helpful than food donations.

In addition, monetary donations can be made through the organization’s web site www.bchfamily.org/givenow.

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