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Local citizens spearhead aid for Adairsville tornado victims

Residents of Adairsville will get a helping hand from Fayette County residents on Feb. 23 when a local group will caravan to the northwest Georgia town to bring needed items to the city after the area was hit by a devastating tornado Jan. 30.

The town of approximately 4,650 residents in Bartow County near Interstate 75 was struck by a tornado on Jan. 30 that did extensive damage to the community. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is not offering assistance but Fayette County will, organizers said. The group of Fayette volunteers will caravan to Adairsville on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 a.m. after assembling at Peachtree City Christian Church.

The humanitarian effort by “Operation Citizens of Fayette County” needs volunteers and a variety of items to transport to the tornado-ravaged community. Organizers are asking for donations to help residents who have lost everything. And the list of needs is long.

A sampling of the needed items includes all kinds of kitchen and household items, cleaning items and supplies, linens and bathroom items, personal hygiene supplies, yard tools and non-perishable foods along with drinks in plastic bottles. Also being requested are monetary donations to be delivered to Peachtree City Christian Church.

Organizers said non-perishable dog and cat food is also needed, as is someone to organize this aspect of the effort.

Drop-off locations include Peachtree City Christian Church located at 500 Kedron Drive and First Baptist Church of Fayetteville located at 235 East Stonewall Avenue. PTC Christian can be contacted at 770-487-9711 and First Baptist in Fayetteville can be contacted at 770-719-9599 or at www.fayettevillefbc.org

For more information contact Dot Ensley at 770-460-8507 or Cherie Werginz at 770-460-8708 or email operationcfc@gmail.com.

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