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Neighbors Donate Hundreds of Items for Victims of South Georgia Storms

Written by Annie Barco

This past weekend, communities across southeast Georgia were devastated by deadly tornadoes that took the lives of 19 individuals, and left thousands more without homes or belongings.

Upon seeing the damage that the storms created, Allison M., who had grown up in South Georgia, knew she and her family had to do something to help their hometown.

Allison posted to Nextdoor East Atlanta Village on Monday, asking neighbors for donations for the tornado victims. By Wednesday, she had already collected two trailers worth of donations, including clothing, non-perishable food, and toiletries.

“It started from there,” said Allison. “It’s just gotten bigger and bigger.”

In fact, so many donations came in that they were forced to expand the collection to their family business in Fayetteville, Tifton Building Systems.

“Cars have been coming in and out all day,” explained Allison’s father, David. “It hurts my heart to see my little hometown blown away, but it’s amazing. Everybody wants to help.”

Allison and her family plan to deliver the items to families in Tifton this Thursday, and will continue to collect donations as long as neighbors have items to give.

“It’s always better to give than to receive,” admitted Allison. “It’s just what you do as humans.”

To donate to the victims of these deadly storms, visit https://www.redcross.org/donate.


Originally reported by ABC Atlanta. Photo courtesy of AP/Phil Sears.

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